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Iran Water Law and Methods of Nationalization of Water.

Type of law

The purpose of the Law is to nationalize all internal waters and recognize the Ministry of the Energy as a responsible authority for maintaining and exploiting of water resources. The Ministry is responsible to determine the permitted water consumption for domestic, agriculture and industry sectors, as well as to establish the official tariff for each. For any use of public water, as well as groundwater resources, a special authorization is required from the Ministry. In order to ensure the required water for the Country, the Ministry is obliged to control floods, desalinate the salty water, extract groundwater and establish a network of irrigation piping. Pollution of water resources is prohibited and for this purpose all necessary measures for water and sewage disposal should be taken. Any violation of the provisions of the Act shall be punished by fine. The Act consists of 66 articles, subdivided in 9 Chapters and relative Sections as follows: General Principles (I); Duties and Authorities (II); Groundwater (III); Protection and Maintenance of the Common Facilities (IV); Possession of the Required Lands (V); Collection of Water Charges and Dues (VI); Prevent Pollution of Water Resources (VII); Violations and Penalties (VIII); Miscellaneous Provisions (IX).
Date of text
This Law invalidates any provision which is inconsistent with this Law.
Serial Imprint
Official Gazette No. 6857, 31 August 1968.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
قانون آب و نحوه ملی شدن آن