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Water scarcity in your area

Help us to assess water scarcity stress

SEPA continually assesses the impacts of prolonged periods of drier than average weather on our environment. If dry weather continues, as we expect it will with climate change, the areas affected will grow.

You can help us by reporting dry private water supplies and rivers and burns in your area. This will help us have the best possible understanding of the impacts of dry weather.

Tell us about

  • Dry private water supplies (e.g. wells and springs).
  • Rivers with isolated pools separated by stretches that are dry or have only a trickle of water.
  • Distressed or dead fish or invertebrates.
  • Large numbers of dead plants on parts of the river bed that are rarely exposed.
  • A lot of exposed algae over 100s of metres, combined with very low flows.

Send us

  • Name of the river or burn.
  • Location – a grid reference is helpful but anything to point to a location is helpful.
  • Description of the signs of water scarcity stress.
  • A photograph if possible - preferably with a reference point or scale. Please note that by submitting photographs to SEPA you accept these can be used for marketing and communications purposes. You retain copyright of the original photograph. If you would like to be credited in the use of photographs please state the credit information in your submission or alternatively let us know if you do not want the photograph used for any other purpose than to assess water scarcity.

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