Scotland’s water environments are places of clean, cold lochs and vibrant rivers that provide sources of drinking water, habitat for fish, birds and other animals, a focus for leisure and recreation and important resources for many industries. SEPA helps protect and improve Scotland’s wetlands, rivers, lochs, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwater through regulation, monitoring and planning.

SEPA is the flood warning authority for Scotland and we work with other organisations to manage flood risk. Our hydrologists monitor water levels so that we can warn you in the likelihood of a flood. Contact Floodline for 24 hour information about any flood alerts in Scotland, England and Wales. Speak to one of our telephone operators and they will provide immediate practical advice.

Scotland is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and SEPA provides annual reports on the quality of Scotland’s bathing waters. Complying with the European Community (EC) Bathing Water Directive, we also work closely with other organisations to reduce the risk of urban and rural pollution in our coastal and inland bathing waters. 

SEPA regulates activities which impact on the water environment. These include activities such as discharges to groundwater, discharges to surface water, abstractions, removal of sediments and replacement of weirs. More on the regulation of these activities can be found using the menu on the left.