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Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

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  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. The Act – an Overview

    1. Part 1 – Protection of the water environment

    2. Part 2 – Water and sewerage services

    3. Part 3 – General

  4. The Act – Section by Section

    1. Part 1 – Protection of the water environment

      1. Section 1 – General purpose of Part 1

      2. Section 2 - The general duties

      3. Section 3 – The water environment: definitions

      4. Section 4 – Establishment of river basin districts

      5. Section 5 – Characterisation of river basin districts

      6. Section 6 - Bodies of water used for the abstraction of drinking water

      7. Section 7 – Register of protected areas

      8. Section 8 – Monitoring

      9. Section 9 – Environmental objectives and programmes of measures

      10. Section 10 – River basin management plans

      11. Section 11 – River basin management plans: publicity and consultation

      12. Section 12 – River basin management plans: submission for approval

      13. Section 13 – River basin management plans: approval

      14. Section 14 – River basin management plans: review

      15. Section 15 – Sub-basin plans

      16. Section 16 – Duty to have regard to river basin management plans

      17. Section 17 – River Basin District Advisory Groups

      18. Section 18 – Power to obtain information and documents

      19. Section 19 – General regulation-making power

      20. Section 20 – Regulation of controlled activities

      21. Section 21 - Controlled activities regulations: procedure

      22. Section 22 – Remedial and restoration measures

      23. Section 23 – Fixing of charges for water services

      24. Section 24 - Planning permission :fish farming

      25. Section 25 – Power to give effect to Community obligations etc.

      26. Section 26 – Annual report on implementation of Directive

      27. Section 27 – Availability of documents for public inspection

      28. Section 28 – Interpretation of Part 1

    2. Part 2 – Water and sewerage services

      1. Section 29 – Duty to provide water and sewerage services

      2. Section 30 – Private sewers, SUD systems and sewage treatment works etc.: vesting, takeover and connection conditions

      3. Section 31 – Laying of water mains and communication pipes by persons other than Scottish Water

      4. Section 32 – Vesting in Scottish Water of waterworks and mains

      5. Section 33 – Sustainable urban drainage systems

      6. Section 34 – Modifications of Part III of the 1980 Act

    3. Part 3 - General

      1. Section 35 – Crown application

      2. Section 36 – Orders and regulations

      3. Section 37 – Ancillary provision

      4. Section 38 – Commencement and short title

    4. Schedules

      1. Schedule 1 – Matters to be included in river basin management plans

      2. Schedule 2 – Controlled activities regulations: particular purposes

      3. Schedule 3 – Sustainable urban drainage systems: further amendments

      4. Schedule 4 – Modifications of Part III of the 1980 Act

  5. Parliamentary History of Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003

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