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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013

Section 41 – Abstraction and discharge

75.This section provides that Scottish Water may abstract water from any source or discharge water to any place where permitted to do so by a water shortage order, even if Scottish Water is not otherwise entitled to do so, or if the abstraction or discharge would interfere with any right (in the water) of another person (including, for example, a person who has an exclusive right to abstract that water). This provision does not, however, override any requirement for an authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (see section 50(1)), so Scottish Water will still require to apply for and obtain authorisation from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency if those regulations require it.

76.The section also provides that a water shortage order can restrict or prohibit the abstraction of the water even if the restriction or prohibition interferes with any right of any person to abstract the water.

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