Factsheet: Water act

Water act

Key Information


Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Water Act No. 58/2005
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Lei n.o 58/2005 - Lei da Água
It approves the Water Act and implements European Community Directive No. 2000/60/EC establishing the basic legal framework for water sustainable management. In particular, the Law applies to the management of surface water, inland waters, groundwater, transition and coastal waters. The aim is to: protect and improve ecosystems and related wetlands as for water concerns; promote a sustainable water use based on long-term protection of available water resources; improve water quality by reducing discharges and emissions’ negative effects; reduce groundwater pollution; mitigate floods and droughts’ effects; grant a sufficient water supply, as well as its quality and equitable use; protect marine water; assure the compliance with relevant international treaties and agreements.
Sustainable management and protection of water.

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Responsible Authority: 
Ministério da Agricultura, do Desenvolvimento Rural e das Pescas (MADRP) - Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries (MADRP)


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