The Scottish Water Charges scheme confirms that road drainage charges will no longer be charged in Scotland from 1st April 2021

Wholesale and retail water rates for 2021/22 have now been published by Scottish Water (wholesale) and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (default maximum tariff). These have seen an average increase of 2.5%. These rate changes will affect all customers and Licensed Providers (suppliers) in Scotland and take effect from 1st April 2021. (Source)

Following a consultation last year Scottish Water will go ahead with simplification of charging for drainage services. The aim of these changes is to make drainage charges clearer and to provide greater incentives to customers to implement solutions that reduce the level of drainage being returned to the Scottish Water network. (Source)

This change will allow customers to remove drainage charges completely for premises that do not drain into the Scottish Water Network. Prior to April 2021 only Property Drainage could be removed (roughly 60% of Drainage charges). Rather than the current “Property” and “Roads Drainage”. A new single charge will continue to be referred to as ‘Property Drainage’ for the time being.

Roads drainage will no longer appear on customers’ bills. Roads Drainage may still appear on invoices until this service is removed. However, from 1st of April 2021, this will be charged at a rate of zero. (Source)

Get in touch with Kirsty J Christie from our DB Water team to find out more information on how these Scottish water changes will affect your business.