Scotland’s weather has a reputation for being wet, damp, drookit. While the south of England faces a summer hosepipe ban, Scottish households rarely have this worry.

But 2022 has brought a series of water scarcity warnings from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, suggesting a wake-up call may be needed north of the border. SEPA’s latest report found the situation was becoming increasingly worrying in the east of Scotland.

While there are no plans for water restrictions for Scottish homes, it is not just about keeping gardens growing. SEPA says this is a result of climate change, and it could have a serious impact on agriculture and businesses in Scotland.