Bottled water for those with private supply shortages

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With water levels in Argyll remaining uncharacteristically low due to recent warm weather, free bottled water is being offered to people with reduced private water supplies.

Only three per cent of Scotland’s population is on a private water supply but that figure is much higher in Argyll at 33 per cent.

While it is the responsibility of owners to maintain private water supplies, the Scottish Government is providing support to households affected by the shortages, including funding, through local councils and Scottish Water.

Any affected households should contact their local authority in the first instance.

Public water supplies, used by the vast majority of households in Scotland, are not affected.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, is urging people across the country to continue to use water efficiently.

‘Scotland has been experiencing warm, dry conditions over the last few weeks, but this has consequences for water scarcity,’ he said.

‘Most of us take for granted that clean drinking water is available at a turn of a tap.  However, for private water supply users, this is not necessarily the case following a prolonged dry and hot spell of weather.

‘With climate change at the forefront of all our minds, this is a stark reminder of the need to conserve water as one of our most precious natural resources.

‘Whether you have been affected by the recent shortages or not, I urge all households to use water wisely and to take note of the advice issued by Scottish Water – it benefits all of us and is good for our planet.’

Information on water use and advice on how to save water can be found on the Scottish Water website at