Scotland has been placed on heightened alert over possible water shortages this summer.
Announcing a new warning for the east coast, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said that conditions had deteriorated in the past week, resulting in dry ground reports and low river flows.
The risk of water scarcity is at “alert” levels all the way from Aberdeenshire to the Borders while the spine of the country is in “early warning” status for water scarcity.
Sepa said that an “east-west split” existed across Scotland, with the east most at risk of water scarcity and the west close to normal levels of groundwater.
It said: “Recent rainfall has not been enough for recovery in the east and ground conditions have continued to get drier, particularly