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Making Scotland a world leading hydro nation

28/06/2012

A new law will ensure Scotland’s water has a sustainable future helping to boost our low carbon economy and creating jobs, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil said today.

The Water Resources (Scotland) Bill aims to cement Scotland's global reputation as home to a dynamic, world class water industry with knowledge and expertise in water management.

 The Bill will underline the world-wide contribution Scotland has to make in areas such as water technology, governance, management and regulation.

A range of measures to ensure Scotland’s water resource is managed efficiently and to the benefit of Scotland, are also included in the Bill.

An expert group, The Hydro Nation Forum, drawn from the water industry and other interested parties, will help shape the delivery of the Hydro Nation programme.

 Alex Neil said:

“Scotland’s water is one of our prize natural resources. That is why this new legislation will draw together Scottish expertise to build an international profile of Scotland as a leading player in the water sector.

“Just as Scotland is demonstrating world leadership in tackling climate change and protecting natural resources, we can demonstrate leadership in meeting the challenges and opportunities that the water industry presents across the world.

"It will build on Scottish Water's success as a public sector organisation ensuring it makes best use of its assets for commercial purposes and accelerates renewable energy development.

 “We will actively support our water industry including our many SME water businesses to develop in both domestic and export markets.”

Related information:

The Water Resources Bill is available here