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THE WATER POLLUTION RULES, 2019

The Water Pollution Rules, 2001 (as amended) was the first subsidiary legislation under the Environmental Management Act Chapter 35:05 to be revised.  The Water Pollution Rules, 2019 (WPR) became effective on October 10, 2019.

The WPR and the Water Pollution (Fees) Regulations, 2019 are meant to: 

  • Provide an integrated approach to watershed management regulating point sources of pollution and managing non-point sources of pollution and encourage wastewater re-use.
  • Further comply with the tenets of the Polluter Pays Principle (PPP).

Any facility with parameters or substances concentrations outside Schedule I of the WPR are deemed a source of water pollutants. The EMA will notify such a facility to apply for Water Pollution Permit (WPP) where:

  1. There is a point-source discharge(s) or commonly referred to as end-of-pipe discharge; and
  2. The effluent discharge is outside Schedule II of the WPR; and
  3. The effluent discharge is not regulated by a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC).

A facility with an issued WPP is required to meet the Schedule II end of pipe discharge standards within a specified timeframe. The permit will be effective for no more than five (5) years.

Water Application Fees Information

1. All Fees are to be deposited, directly to the EMA Account #1183848, at any branch of the First Citizens Bank. 

2. Applicants must attach the original receipt to the application form and keep a copy for their records. 

3. Applicants must also ensure that the bank includes their name and “WPP Application” on the receipt.

Facility Type
Effluent Discharge Volume (m^3/day)
Initial Application Fee(TTD)
Renewal Application Fee (TTD)
Micro-/Mini
<10
14,000.00
5,800.00
Small
10-100
15,000
5,900.00
Medium
100-500
18,000.00
6,400.00
Large
>500
20,000.00
6,600.00
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