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Water scarcity

Date: 22 July 2022

Low water levels in areas of Scotland have led to water scarcity reports in some areas.  Most of the east coast is now at “Alert or ‘amber’ moderate scarcity” due to an extended period of low river levels and dry weather and due to lowering water tables, Orkney has been raised to “early warning”.

The advice from Scottish Water is for folk to use their water supplies wisely, so Orkney Islands Council is reminding owners of private water supplies (PWS) to do the same and report any concerns they have about water levels or quality to OIC’s Environmental Health team.

Private water supply users are encouraged to:

  • ensure your supply is secure, with no leaks
  • consider moving livestock to an alternative supply
  • take timed showers as opposed to baths
  • ensure washing machine and dishwasher are fully loaded
  • harvest rainwater for gardening use
  • contact neighbours, to discuss your contingency plan

 

The latest weekly water situation report published by SEPA shows that water levels in Orkney continues to be at amber due to persistent dry ground conditions and low surface water flows.  However, it should be noted that groundwater levels are falling as normal for the summer and so far remain within the normal range for the time of year.

Further tips on using water wisely can be found at https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/your-home/save-water

If any domestic private water users in Orkney do have supply problems, they are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible for advice by emailing Env.Health@orkney.gov.uk or phone 01856 873535 Ext 2801.

Further information about the Council’s role in connection with private water supplies can be found on the council website at Private Water Supplies (orkney.gov.uk)

Updates on water supplies from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) can be found their website:  https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/water/water-scarcity/.

  • Summary:

    Low water levels in areas of Scotland have led to water scarcity reports in some areas.  Most of the east coast is now at “Alert or ‘amber’ moderate scarcity” due to an extended period of low river levels and dry weather and due to lowering water tables, Orkney has been raised to “early warning”.

    The advice from Scottish Water is for folk to use their water supplies wisely, so Orkney Islands Council is reminding owners of private water supplies (PWS) to do the same and report any concerns they have about water levels or quality to OIC’s Environmental Health team.

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Telephone: 01856 873535

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