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Rural community on Isle of Skye
1st January 2018

Private water supplies: Are they inhibiting growth and flexibility of the rural economy, or impacting population distribution?

Private water supplies (PWS) are those supplies that are not provided by Scottish Water, and instead are the responsibility of their owners and users. A key policy priority for Scottish Government is how to make these supplies sustainable and of good quality and quantity. Private supplies are...
water droplets
12th October 2017

A review of investment decisions at small drinking water supply systems with declining water quality issues

Since 2002 Scottish Water, supported by the Scottish Government, has successfully delivered a capital investment program which has brought about measurable improvements to drinking water quality and service levels across Scotland aimed at delivering compliance with the Water Scotland Act, and...
Mossy tree stump
26th April 2018

Natural sources of phenols and mitigation measures to reduce their release into the water environment

The phenols of interest in this project are those that occur naturally in the environment, for example due to decomposition of organic matter, and those that enter the environment due to forest fires, muirburn or wildfires. There is limited understanding regarding the source of these natural...
Stream
19th August 2018

Reduction of pharmaceuticals in the water environment: Baseline assessment and recommendations

Wastewater treatment works are not able to fully remove all pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, leading to the unintended release of these compounds in the water environment. These substances can be ecotoxic, bio-accumulate, and contribute to the introduction/spread of anti-microbial resistant...
Hydropower dam
25th January 2018

Water and the circular economy - where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle?

Driven by environmental, social and economic benefits and the increasing pressure on resources, the need for more considerate use and recovery of resources is growing. In recognition of this, the EU has resource efficiency as a priority going forward. The “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”...
Stream with strong colour
12th October 2017

Reviewing best practice in the delivery of good drinking water quality using a prevention-led approach

The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) promotes increased awareness of catchment processes, and challenges the established dependence on a ‘treatment-led approach’ for the supply of drinking water. For example, WFD Article 7 promotes a ‘prevention-led approach’ (i.e. pollution prevention at...
Orkney farm fields
13th October 2016

Design and designation of private water supply risk areas

In Scotland, private water supplies are regulated separately under The Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006. Type A private water supplies are currently sampled on an individual basis, however changes to the Drinking Water Directive means that low risk parameters may be removed from...
21st October 2015

A review of the approach taken across the EU and internationally to the management of small scale water supplies

Small scale water supplies are a common feature in rural areas across Europe and internationally. Safe and acceptable water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, physically accessible, and affordable is a crucial prerequisite for human wellbeing and social justice. Access...
10th April 2015

Innovative solutions for sustainable drinking water treatment at small to medium scales

Within the EU 20/20 program and national strategic objectives, there is recognition for a need to transition to a resource efficient and regenerative circular economy. Within this, water is seen as a significant enabling factor. While major urban managed water systems have seen much improvement to...
2nd February 2015

The epidemiology and disease burden potential relating to private supplies in Scotland

This project seeks to develop an understanding of the epidemiology and disease burden contribution of private supplies on the public health of the populations (indigenous and transient) exposed to the drinking water supplies. The output is expected to inform future regulation and public health...

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