Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977

Local authority's power to prevent and abate pollution in certain circumstances.

13.—(1) Where it appears to a local authority that urgent measures are necessary to prevent pollution of any waters in its functional area, to remove polluting matter from waters in that area, or, while such matter is in waters outside that area, to prevent it affecting any part of that area, the local authority may take such steps, carry out such operations or give such assistance as it considers necessary to prevent such matter from entering the waters, to remove the matter from the waters, to dispose of it as it thinks fit and to mitigate or remedy the effects of any pollution caused by the matter.

(2) Where a local authority takes steps, carries out operations or gives assistance under this section it may recover the cost of such steps, operations or assistance as a simple contract debt in a court of competent jurisdiction from such person as the local authority satisfies the court is the person whose act or omission necessitated such steps, operations or assistance.