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Regulation on water pollution control.

Type of law
Date of original text

This Regulation determines the legal and technical principles necessary to prevent water pollution in line with sustainable development goals, in order to protect underground and surface water resources and ensure their best use. It lays down planning principles and prohibitions regarding the protection of water quality, wastewater discharge principles and discharge permit procedures, principles regarding wastewater infrastructure facilities, and monitoring and inspection procedures and principles for the purpose of preventing water pollution.
State Hydraulic Works shall ensure that water resources quality meets the required quality criteria. Territorial surface waters are classified into: (i) high quality waters; (ii) minimal polluted waters; (iii) polluted waters; and (iv) highly polluted waters. Lakes, ponds and dam reservoirs are also classified and details are given in the tables attached. Underground waters are classified into: (i) high quality underground waters; (ii) medium quality underground waters; and (iii) low quality underground waters. Sea and coastal waters are classified into: (i) fishery areas; (ii) recreational areas; and (iii) areas destined to commercial, industrial and other uses. Prohibitions imposed for all water resources and discharge conditions as well as disposal and treatment procedures are laid down as well.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Date of text
The consolidated version of the Regulation, as last amended in 2022, is attached.
Serial Imprint
Official Journal No. 25.687, 31 December 2004.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
Su kirliligi kontrolu yonetmeligi.