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By Fiona Reid
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Dried up

PRIVATE water supplies in the region have been affected by the spate of good weather.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Water this week revealed they are aware of some issues relating to private water supplies in the area, with ‘a small number’ of properties experiencing supply issues. There are 1450 private water supplies regionwide, serving approximately 3000 properties. The council’s environmental standards team are responsible for monitoring and registering them, but the responsibility for private water supplies ultimately rests with the owners and users. However, in the interests of protecting the most vulnerable, the local authority will provide support to those served by a private water supply which is unable to provide fresh water. Councillor Rob Davidson said: “Whilst we are all enjoying the current sunny weather, we recognise that this may have an impact on the private water supplies to some properties in the region. We are committed to supporting our most vulnerable people, so our officers are working with Scottish Water to help those who whose domestic private supply is at risk of running out or indeed has run out. “I would also ask that members of the community be good neighbours where they know or think someone may be at risk or in need of support and help them contact the council.” Meanwhile, Scottish Water have advised that people with private water supplies manage their own consumption and monitor their supplies during this continued period of dry weather. And, private businesses who are affected should make their own arrangements with Scottish Water or another supplier.

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