Russia: “Bad” water users will be refused the right to use water bodies

The amendment applies to water users, both legal entities and individuals, whose rights to use water bodies were forcibly terminated by a court decision for the misuse of a water body or use of a water body in violation of the law. Such “bad” water users will be recorded in the special register. This register will also include information on the winners of the auction for the right to conclude a water use agreement, who evaded its conclusion and thus also became “bad” water users.

The procedure for maintaining the register has been approved by the Government of the Russian Federation.

The information contained in the registry is posted on the official website of the federal executive body authorized to maintain the registry, and should be available for the general public without charge.

It is envisaged that the information on “bad” water users is excluded from the registry after two years from the date of its inclusion in the registry or following a relevant court decision.

This federal law enters into force on 5 December 2019.

Law: Federal law of 06.06.2019 N 139-FZ "On Amendments to the Water Code of the Russian Federation regarding the introduction of the register of unscrupulous water users and auction participants for the right to conclude a water use agreement"