The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued its first water scarcity alert of the year.
Businesses and farmers in the Firth of Tay area have been urged to ‘efficiently manage their water use’ after the risk of water scarcity in north Fife and Dundee increased to alert from early warning.
SEPA have announced they are now monitoring the area closely and are coordinating steps to manage water resources in line with Scotland’s National Water Scarcity Plan.
Head of water and planning at SEPA, Nathan Critchlow-Watton, said: “It is vital that water abstractors in north Fife and Dundee, who are licensed by SEPA, have a plan to deal with water scarcity.
“We would encourage businesses to abstract at different times, reduce the volume/rate where possible and consider alternative sources of water.
“Climate change is already having an impact with a decrease in rainfall expected over the summer, and we have to be ready for more pressure on Scotland’s water resources, perhaps in places that have not had to deal with water scarcity before.
“SEPA aims to work with businesses to do the right thing and protect Scotland’s water environment.
“We can provide advice and guidance on ways to reduce pressure on rivers at risk of drought. Taking action now will reduce the likelihood of SEPA resorting to regulatory action.”