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The Water Resources Act 1991 is a significant piece of legislation in the United Kingdom that focuses on the management and protection of water resources. Its main purpose is to ensure sustainable water use, prevent pollution of water bodies, and regulate various activities that could impact water quality and availability.
The act sets forth a range of requirements and provisions aimed at achieving these goals:
The Water Resources Act 1991 applies to various entities and activities, including individuals, industries, agriculture, and other sectors that interact with water resources. This encompasses water abstraction, impoundment, discharges, and other activities that may affect water quality or quantity.
In summary, the Water Resources Act 1991 serves as a comprehensive legal framework in the UK to ensure the responsible management, use, and protection of water resources. It addresses abstraction, pollution prevention, fisheries protection, enforcement, conservation, and more, applying to a wide range of activities and stakeholders to safeguard the integrity and sustainability of water ecosystems.
The Water Resources Act 1991 outlines specific evidence requirements to ensure compliance with its regulations and provisions. These evidence requirements play a crucial role in establishing accountability, preventing pollution, and managing water resources effectively. The Act requires individuals, organizations, and authorities to provide appropriate evidence for various activities and situations, including:
In summary, the Water Resources Act 1991 mandates specific evidence requirements to support its objectives of water resource management, pollution prevention, and conservation. These requirements encompass a range of activities, including licensing, pollution control, fisheries protection, monitoring, compliance, and enforcement. By demanding appropriate evidence, the Act promotes transparency, responsible resource use, and the protection of aquatic ecosystems.
The Water Resources Act 1991 includes certain exemptions that provide relief from the standard regulatory requirements outlined in the Act. These exemptions recognize specific circumstances where adhering to the Act's provisions might not be practical or necessary. It's important to note that exemptions can vary in scope and applicability, and they often require compliance with alternative measures or conditions. Here are some common exemptions found within the Water Resources Act 1991:
It's important to understand that exemptions granted under the Water Resources Act 1991 are usually subject to specific conditions, limitations, and reporting requirements. Authorities might review and update these exemptions over time to ensure that they align with the Act's goals and changing circumstances. It's recommended that individuals, organizations, or industries seeking exemptions consult the relevant regulatory agencies to understand the criteria and procedures for obtaining them.
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