The UK government has confirmed that it is willing to discuss how Scotland’s plentiful water resources may help the continuing pressure on water supplies in South East England.
The move comes after Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil wrote to the UK Government to offer Scottish assistance on water supply in the long term, if it could be commercially and practically viable.
The UK has responded by seeking exploratory talks with Scottish Government officials.
Neil revealed the UK government’s response at the Making Scotland a Hydro Nation Conference in Edinburgh yesterday.
“I am pleased that the UK Government has responded positively to our offer,” he said. “Even as some hosepipe bans are lifted, the South of England continues to face real issues with water supply, which look set to continue well into the future.
“Scotland has a plentiful supply of water and superb industry expertise so it was only right that we offered our assistance.
“Of course, we readily acknowledge there are massive logistical issues, and there will need to be major developments to ensure the transfer of water is commercially viable. But this is a government that thinks long term.”