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RESOLUTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

of December 7, 2022 No. PP-439

About additional measures for protection and streamlining of rational use of underground water resources

(as amended of the Presidential decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 27.07.2023 No. UP-116)

For the purpose of further enhancement of system of use and well-drilling of underground waters in the republic, strengthenings of the state and public control on protection of underground water resources, broad promotion of culture of rational water use among the population, prevention of their quantitative decrease and pollution, and also providing finally the populations high-quality drinking water in the long term:

1. Approve the List of the territories with the decreasing level of underground waters on which the moratorium on well-drilling and use of underground waters, according to appendix No. 1 is imposed.

Determine that since January 1, 2023:

a) in the territories in which water level of rather long-term average level of underground waters decreased more than by 5 meters issue of the hydrogeological conclusion for the purpose of irrigation of lands and production, well-drilling of underground waters and use of the available wells for irrigation of lands without water saving technologies, except for well-drillings up to 25 meters in depth within the approved state programs is forbidden and from physical persons, and also individual intake of underground waters in amount to 5 cubic meters per day for personal needs;

b) the hydrogeological conclusion on drilling of underground wells of underground waters and special permission to water use in the territories in which water level of rather long-term average level of underground waters decreased to 5 meters are issued by the State committee on geology and mineral resources (further - Goskomgeologiya):

for the purpose of irrigation of agricultural holdings - in case of approval of the Ministry of water economy on the terms of implementation of water saving technologies;

for production needs - in case of approval of Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of areas and the city of Tashkent on the terms of regional development programs and economical use of water;

c) imposing of prohibition on operation of boring wells in case of non-use of water saving technologies (drop, dozhdevalny, discrete and another) in case of irrigation of agricultural crops is performed by Inspectorate for control of mining-and-geological activities in case of Goskomgeologiya (further - Inspection).

2. Establish procedure according to which since April 1, 2023:

the operating approval procedure on well-drilling of underground waters is cancelled and the procedure for issue of Goskomgeologiya to legal entities and individual entrepreneurs (further - boring subjects) permissions to activities for well-drilling of underground waters takes root;

the obligation on equipment by GPS trackers of the boring equipment which is under their authority and to their permanent content in good repair is assigned to boring subjects;

well-drilling of underground waters by means of the boring equipment which does not have the corresponding technical documentation, stipulated by the legislation is forbidden and in case of identification of the similar facts by Inspectorate the address about confiscation of the boring equipment is introduced in court;

failure to meet requirements and conditions of permission to activities for well-drilling of underground waters is the basis for suspension of its action, and conducting boring works without the hydrogeological conclusion - for cancellation of permission;

the obligation on provision of the report on the annual size of water intake to regional hydrogeological stations of Goskomgeologiya in accordance with the established procedure is assigned to all users of the underground waters having constructions on intake of underground waters (boring well, piping of springs);

the perspective programs for improvement of water supply at the expense of underground waters created by the ministries and departments, Council of Ministers of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, khokimiyats of areas and the city of Tashkent are subject to approval from Goskomgeologiya.

3. Approve the Plan of complex measures for rational use of water and prevention of decrease in water level in the territories with the decreasing level of underground waters according to appendix No. 2.

Assign responsibility for timely and high-quality accomplishment of the measures provided in the plan of complex measures to heads of the relevant ministries and departments.

4. To Goskomgeologiya together with the Ministry of development of information technologies and communications for the purpose of establishment of online control of condition of underground waters, the changes happening in them to provide:

the organization till May 1, 2023 of activities of the situational center equipped with the modern equipment and the software for preparation SUE Uzbekgidrogeologiya as a part of Goskomgeologiya of the digital database and the interactive map of monitoring of underground waters;

integration of the created electronic database of users of underground waters since May 1, 2023 with databases of the State Tax Committee.

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