SEPA warns of low water levels across Scotland

13 July 2021

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is warning of an increasing water scarcity situation across the country, with Northwest Scotland, Clyde, Ayrshire, Orkney and the Western Isles moving to the alert level on the water scarcity index. Most of the rest of Scotland is moving to the early warning tier, with Irvine and Ayr both raised to moderate scarcity level.

SEPA report that June 2021 saw below average rainfall across the country, and ground conditions have continued to dry rapidly over late June and early July. Groundwater levels are falling, but so far remain within the normal range for the time of year. The longer-term forecast suggests that there is an increased likelihood of hot, dry weather compared to normal, with a greater chance of impact on water levels.

Source: SEPA, 2 July 2021