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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of October 28, 1999 No. 723-IQ

About water supply and sewage

(as amended on 02-04-2021)

Chapter I. General provisions

Article 1. Basic concepts

The concepts used in this Law express the following values:

water supply system - one construction or group of the constructions which are taking away water from source, clearing it and delivering to the consumer including network of the main (general) and distribution (internal) water supply systems (lines);

system of the sewerage - the network transporting the sewage which is formed in settlements or as a result of activities of industrial enterprises in Item on clarification of waste;

the companies of water supply and the sewerage (the company of water supply, the company of the sewerage) - the legal entity, irrespective of pattern of ownership and legal form, the water supply providing within certain territory (zone) and removal of sewage;

the consumer - the legal entity and physical person using services of the company of water supply and the sewerage;

subjects to water supply and removal of sewage (subject to water supply, subject to removal of sewage, object) - any company, organization, the organization, the residential building, the parcel of land, construction, the building, network of internal (distribution) water supply systems and which sewerages it is connected or it shall be connected to systems of general (main) water supply and the sewerage;

household (economic) and drinking water - the water used by the population living in the settlement and employees of industrial enterprises in the household (economic) purposes and for drink;

water of production appointment - the water used in production, industrial, technological and other technical purposes;

sewage - the waters contaminated by consumers in case of their use in connection with industrial technology, and also the liquids mixed in the settlement with physiological waste (excrements) of people, conditionally net waters dumped to the environment and in sewer system during the happened accidents;

the representative of the water company (sewerage) - the official whose powers are provided by articles 49 and 50 of this Law;

local authorities - relevant organs of the executive authority and municipalities which powers in the field of water supply are established by the Water code of the Azerbaijan Republic, other legal acts and this Law;

owners of subject to water supply and the sewerage (object) owners, lessees of subjects to water supply and the sewerage or objects (the companies, constructions, buildings, houses, apartments) using services of water supply and the sewerage;

the water management passport - the technical document which establishes normative amount used (subject to use) waters, merged (subject to discharge) in sewer systems of sewage and the allowed level of density of pollutants in their structure depending on activities, operational and technical features of subject to water supply and the sewerage, except for the consumers carried to national group.

Article 2. Purpose of the Law

Purpose of the Law consists in regulation of the relations in the field of providing consumers in necessary quantity with the high-quality water meeting the requirements of state standards, and removal of sewage.

Article 3. Legislation on water supply and removal of sewage

1. The legislation on water supply and removal of sewage consists of this Law, the Water code of the Azerbaijan Republic and other regulatory legal acts.

2. If between the provisions of this Law and rules of international law supported by the Azerbaijan Republic, or international treaties of the Azerbaijan Republic there are contradictions, provisions of international law and international treaties of the Azerbaijan Republic are applied.

Article 4. The rights connected with use of water

1. Physical persons and legal entities according to the procedure and on the conditions provided by this Law and other regulatory legal acts have the right to use water resources and for this purpose to build and operate water supply systems and sewer constructions, to dump sewage and waste.

2. The water (the purified sewage) received by the company of water supply and the sewerage is considered its product and is used for designated purpose.

3. The water received by legal entities and physical persons from the companies of water supply is property of these persons and is used at their discretion, excepting the cases provided by this Law.

Article 5. Principles of rendering services in water supply and removal of sewage

1. The companies of water supply and the sewerage when implementing the obligations are guided by the principles:

a) payback of the expenses in rendering services in water supply, removal of sewage and to dumping of waste;

b) supply of consumers with water, first of all drinking, the corresponding quality and in necessary quantity;

c) rational use of water resources;

d) creations of reliable system of cleaning and dumping of sewage and waste.

2. The companies of water supply and the sewerage perform the rights, powers and obligations with compliance with law and terms of the contract, concluded with consumers or relevant organ of the executive authority (municipality) about rendering the services provided by the subitem "an" of Item 1 of this Article.

3. Purchase and sale of water between organization of water supply and the consumer is performed based on the agreement. Sample of the purchase and sale agreement of water between organization of water supply and the consumer, the price of water, connection condition to network and detachments from network, quality of water, payment term of cost of water and other questions are regulated by instructions for use water. Instructions for use water are established by relevant organ of the executive authority.

Article 6. Functions of the companies of water supply and sewerage

Companies of water supply and sewerage:

a) render services according to the procedure, provided by their charter, and according to obligations;

b) manage the water resources, constructions of water supply and the sewerage provided in use of the company;

c) perform decisions of relevant organ of the executive authority concerning obligations of the companies of water supply and the sewerage.

Chapter II. State regulation in the field of water supply and the sewerage

Article 7. Schemes of placement and development of water supply systems and removal of sewage

1. Designing and construction of water supply systems and removal of sewage, providing the population, the companies, organizations and organizations with water in household (economic), industrial and technological and other purposes, and also for drink, branch, transportation, sewage treatment, processes of neutralization and dumping of waste, placement and development of farms in water supply and the sewerage are performed according to republican and regional schemes.

2. Republican schemes are developed and affirm for all territory of the Azerbaijan Republic according to the procedure, established by relevant organ of the executive authority.

3. Regional schemes of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic are developed and affirm relevant organs of the executive authority of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

4. Regional schemes of the cities and areas are developed and affirm relevant organs of the executive authority with participation of municipalities according to the procedure, established by the corresponding regulatory legal acts.

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