Local Government (Water Pollution) Act, 1977

Quality standards, etc.

26.—(1) The Minister may, after consultation with the Minister for Fisheries, the Minister for Industry and Commerce, any other Minister who appears to him to be interested and the Water Pollution Advisory Council, prescribe for the purposes of this Act quality standards for waters, trade effluents and sewage effluents and standards in relation to methods of treatment of such effluents.

(2) Regulations under this section may relate to—

(i) all or specified, or specified classes of, waters, trade effluents or sewage effluents,

(ii) waters, trade effluents or sewage effluents in specified areas, or

(iii) waters specified by reference to their use.

(3) Where regulations under this section relate to sewage effluent from a sewer or to waters to which sewage effluent from a sewer discharges, it shall be the duty of the sanitary authority in which the sewer is vested or by which it is controlled to take steps as soon as practicable to ensure that the sewage effluent complies with, or does not result in the waters to which the effluent is discharged not complying with, any relevant standard prescribed under this section.