The Water Resources (Scotland) Bill completed its passage through the Scottish Parliament this week with a Stage 3 vote on Wednesday.
The Bill deals with a number of water related issues, including the development of Scotland’s water resources, a new framework to govern the abstraction of water over a specified threshold , Scottish Water’s functions and its exercise of those functions, protecting “raw water” sources, creating contracts for certain non-domestic water and sewerage services, protecting the public sewerage network from harm and allowing for maintenance of private sewage works, and enabling the making of water shortage orders.
The section on abstraction of water requires that anyone wishing to abstract water from bodies of surface water or groundwater within Scotland at a rate above 10 megalitres per day, or other amount specified in regulations, must obtain approval from Scottish Ministers.
The Bill as passed can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Water%20Resources%20%28Scotland%29%20Bill/b15bs4-aspassed.pdf
A SPICe briefing can be found here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/54198.aspx