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One of the world's greatest challenges, the scarcity of water endangers public health and reduces food production.

Scotland's water capability

Global water demand is set to rise by 30% by 2030 - already 1.9 billion people rely on unsafe water and it base been estimated that two-thirds of the world's population could face water shortages by 2025.

The Scottish Government is dedicated to making Scotland a Hydro Nation. With our significant water resource, we can nurture this reserve for sustainable, long-term use.

Scotland has a number of key strengths in the water sector. 

We're home to around 200 water and waste water companies and, alongside our universities and research bodies, can support water sustainability projects in developing economies.

And our companies are innovative and international - many of them are active in water and waste water projects around the world.

Their strengths cover a range of sectors:

  • Water supply and treatment
  • Infrastructure and services
  • Flood prevention
  • Nutrient and mineral recovery
  • Removal of priority substances
  • Heat recovery
  • Smart management
  • Water testing and monitoring
  • Ground water remediation
  • Desalination
  • Water features and swimming pools

Scotland's water capability

Our capability statement shows how we can tackle current and future water scarcity.

It focuses on:

  • Supporting research and innovation
  • Building capacity and sharing knowledge
  • Managing water resources
  • Water supply, pollution control and sanitation
  • Harnessing energy from water
  • Food production and irrigation

With such an elemental role in the success of many sectors of the economy, water is of fundamental importance for Scotland’s economic, health, social wellbeing and environmental future.

Read our capability statement (PDF, 3.8MB)

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