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Water Resources Act 1991 (Chapter 57).

Type of law
Date of original text

The 225 sections of this Act are divided into 9 Parts, i.e.: Preliminary (I); Water Resources Management (II); Control of Pollution of Water Resources (III); Flood Defence (IV); General Control of Fisheries (V); Financial Provisions in Relation to the Authority (VI); Land and Works Powers (VII); Information Provisions (VIII); Miscellaneous (IX).
Functions of the National Rivers Authority are respecting water resources, water pollution, flood and land drainage, fisheries, and navigation by virtue of Parts II, III, IV, and V of the present Act and by virtue of provisions of the Land Drainage Act 1991, the Water Act 1989, and several enactments relating to fisheries (sect. 2). Incidental functions of the Authority are specified in section 3. The Authority shall establish Regional Rivers Advisory Committees and Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees and maintain specified committees established under other enactments (Chap. II of Part I). Chapter II of Part II provides for restrictions and licensing with respect to abstraction and impounding of water. The Act is completed by 26 Schedules.
Long title of text
An Act to consolidate enactments relating to National Rivers Authority and the matters in relation to which it exercises functions, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Various provisions of the present Act have been derived form the Water Act 1989. An unofficial Table showing the derivation of the provisions of this Consolidated Act is added at the end of the text. Provisions with respect to the extent of the Act can be found in section 225.Last amendment to the text was made by the The Water Act 2003 (Commencement No. 12) Order 2017. The document was generated the 12 January 2021. There are outstanding changes not yet made by the editorial team to Water Resources Act 1991.
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