Water supply and waste water sector plan
This plan is our strategic plan for the water supply and waste water sector. It covers both public and private water supply and waste water treatment. It sets out how we are going to regulate the sector and work with it to protect and improve the environment. Its central focus is on building a circular economy that helps minimise the impact of the sector on the environment and strengthens Scotland's resilence to climate change.
Regulations and guidance
SEPA regulate a wide range of activities carried out by the Water supply and waste water sector. Key regulations and legislation include:
- Water Environment (Controlled Activities)(Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR);
- Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012;
- Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2011;
- Urban Wastewater Treatment (Scotland) Regulations 1994;
- The Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations 1989;
- Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011;
- Environment Protection Act 1990;
- Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989.
Visit the regulations section of our website for further information.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the First Minister pledged that Scotland would lead the way to deliver a more equal, more just world, by signing Scotland up to the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. These global goals give us the framework to achieve real change, from eradicating poverty to ensuring a good home for us all. This vision is underpinned by Our Approach to Regulation, which aims to deliver environmental protection and improvement in ways which help communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet.
Scotland’s businesses have a critical role to play in leading Scotland’s contribution to achieving SDGs. Through our sector plans, we have identified opportunities that will work towards achieving the goals and help realise the economic benefit of increased resource efficiency, innovation and resilience.
The actions set out in the Water Supply and Waste Water Sector Plan contribute towards UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.