Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has outlined plans to “evolve” Scottish Water from a utility into an agency driving economic growth in his Programme for Government unveiled today.
The Scottish government plans to give Scottish Water more powers to fully develop its assets and contribute to renewable energy projects in plans which it hopes will help drive the economy.
Under the plans Scottish Water will not be privatised — despite calls to do so — and will be profit neutral.
The utility will be still be responsible for Scotland’s water environment and in time will be responsible for expanding humanitarian projects.
The new legislation will be debated over the coming year in the Scottish Parliament.