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Activities within our catchments


Activities within our catchments and near our infrastructure

The Sustainable Land Management (SLM) team responds to a wide variety of consultations on activities that take place in or near drinking water sources. These include: forest management and felling; wind farms; hydro schemes and aerial/non-aerial spraying of pesticides.

We assess the potential impact of these activities and make recommendations on how to protect source water quality.  Scottish Water abstractions are designated as Drinking Water Protected Areas (DWPA) under Article 7 of the Water Framework Directive.  For further information and DWPA Maps, please see our Protecting Scottish Water Abstractions Factsheet - coming soon.

If you are undertaking these types of activities, we would welcome early consultation with Scottish Water to determine if the proposal is located within or close to a drinking water catchment and to provide advice on appropriate protection measures. For reference, please see below for our standard precautions for a range of activities. Please note that site specific risks and mitigation measures will require to be assessed and implemented.

Please contact the SLM Team at:;

  • To check if an activity is located within or close to a drinking water catchment.

  • For all forestry activities, peat restoration and aerial/non-aerial spraying of pesticides. The SLM Team is the Scottish Water co-ordinator for these activities and will consult with other internal team such as, the infrastructure team and local teams.

For proposals in relation to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), please see the EIA section below.

In the event of an incident occurring that could affect Scottish Water we should be notified without delay using the Customer Helpline number 0800 0778 778 and the local contact if known.

For more information:


Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Scottish Water is identified as one of the “consultation bodies” in Part 1, 2. (1)(c) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (‘the EIA Regulations’).  As such, Scottish Water should be consulted by local authorities on receipt of a request for an EIA Scoping Opinion, and again when an Environmental Statement (ES) associated with an EIA and planning application is received.

Scottish Water would encourage early consultation and would welcome developers/contractors consulting directly with us.

We have a dedicated EIA mailbox, managed by an EIA specialist, where all EIA related consultations and enquiries should be sent to. Please contact us


The location of Scottish Water assets (including water supply and sewer pipes, water and waste treatment works etc.) should be confirmed through obtaining detailed plans from our Asset Plan providers.  This is distinct from the right to seek access to and inspect plans at Scottish Waters area offices, for which no charge is applied.


All Scottish Water assets potentially affected by development or activities should be identified, with particular consideration being given to access roads and pipe crossings. If necessary, local Scottish Water personnel may be able to visit the site to offer advice.  All of Scottish Water’s processes, standards and policies in relation to dealing with asset conflicts must be complied with. 


In the event that asset conflicts are identified then early contact should be made with the Scottish Water Asset Impact Team (AIT) at All detailed design proposals relating to the protection of Scottish Water’s assets should be submitted to the AIT for review and written acceptance.  Works should not take place on site without prior written acceptance by Scottish Water.


It should be noted that the proposals will be required to comply with Sewers for Scotland and Water for Scotland including provision of appropriate clearance distances from Scottish Water assets.

Connection to Scottish Water network

If a connection to the water or waste water network is required, a separate application must be made for permission to connect. Further information can be found on the Planning Your Development page.  It is important to note that the granting of planning consent does not guarantee a connection to Scottish Water assets. 

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