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Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 (Asp 5 of 2013).

Type of law

This Act makes provision and amends existing legislation for a reform of water resources development, management and protection in Scotland and provides for control of water abstraction and sewerage and duties of Scottish Water, the Scottish Ministers and the Water Industry Commission.
The Scottish Ministers must: (a) take such reasonable steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland s water resources, (b) do so in ways designed to promote the sustainable use of the resources. In fulfilling this duty, the Scottish Ministers are to act so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of their: (a) functions under the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 and the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, (b) other functions (whether or not relating to water resources or environmental matters). For the purpose of securing its participation in development, the Scottish Ministers may give a designated body directions as to the exercise of its functions.
The Act also provides for, among other things: control of quality of raw water, water supply by Scottish Water, control of pollutants in sewage water and Water Shortage Orders.
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An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for the development of Scotland s water resources; to bring large-scale water abstraction under Ministerial control; to extend Scottish Water s functions and to authorise grants and loans in favour of related bodies; to permit the taking of steps for the sake of water quality; to create contracts for certain non-domestic water and sewerage services; to protect the public sewerage network from harm and to allow for maintenance of private sewage works; to enable the making of water shortage orders; and for connected purposes.
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Legislation Amendment