Private Water Supplies and the Local Economic Impacts in Scotland

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

There are approximately 22,000 private water supplies in Scotland serving a population of nearly 197,000 people. Many of these are also micro- and other businesses which rely on these supplies for their existence: frequentlyproviding services to a broader public as visitors and tourists particularly in remote rural areas of the country. This study provides evidence of the impact private water supply reliance has upon social and economic infrastructure; business development; costs of clean water; land management and stewardship and support needs. It also highlights indicative issues within three sectors (tourism, dairy farming and forestry) that are likely to bemore widely pertinent.T he findings reveal the complexity of private-supply arrangements and infrastructure, and the considerablegaps to be bridged to ensure future rural social and economic sustainability, system effectiveness, and toreduce localities’ vulnerabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyCentre of Expertise for Waters (CREW)
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Private Water Supplies
  • local Scottish economies
  • Water supply testing
  • Stewardship
  • Community resilience

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