Limiting the amount of water available for use by whisky distilleries could harm long-term plans, according to industry representatives.
The limit, agreed in legislation passed at the Scottish Parliament, prevents firms from taking more than ten million litres of water each day. The Scotch Whisky Association said not being exempt could limit its expansion. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised discussions over the issue.
The Water Resources (Scotland) Bill includes plans to extend Scottish Water’s functions, to enable water shortage orders to be made and to protect the public sewerage network from harm. Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Gavin Hewitt said: “We are disappointed that the Scottish government did not include the Scotch Whisky industry among the list of exempted activities when drafting the Bill, given its economic importance to Scotland …
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