Chapter IV: Protection of Environmental Quality – ensure reasonable amounts of water for environmental flows to protect the freshwater biodiversity and maintain ecosystem functions;
Water Act of Bhutan, 2011:
(a) Coordinate national IWRM
(b) Issue directives that are binding on all persons and Competent Authorities for following purposes pertaining to water and water resources:
- Restorative, corrective or mitigating measures
- Planning, protection and management within certain areas, zones, regions or nationwide;
- Promotion of water education, research or studies;
- Promotion of water friendly and water efficient technologies;
- Mainstream water into national policy, plan and program.
(c) Adopt strategies, plans and programmes for achieving the purpose of the Water Act.
(d) Designate any Ministry, Organization, Agency or Committee as a CA to effectively enforce and implement the provision under the Water Act.
(e) Set Water quality standards and guidelines;
(f) Set effluent discharge standards for discharge of certain substances into water resources;
(g) Set minimum environmental flows of water courses required to support and conserve the riverine habitats and its flora and fauna;
(h) Establish procedures for monitoring of water quality standards and discharge standards;
(i) Develop criteria for waste water charges, abstraction charges and other fees;
(j) Review, revise and advice the Government on water policy, regulations, standards, guidelines and other matters related to emerging water issues;
(k) Declare any lake, river or waterway for water abstraction and use in consultation with relevant stakeholders;
(l) Monitor overall compliance by the CAs;
(m)Prepare and submit reports to the Cabinet and the Parliament periodically.
The Water Act of Bhutan 2011(The Water Act of Bhutan 2011)
Water Regulation 2014. (Water Regulation 2014 .pdf 92.5MB)
Wangchhu Basin Management Plan(Wangchhu Basin Management Plan)
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