45.3.1. The Minister may, on the conditions the Minister determines, order a municipality to temporarily operate an operator’s or owner’s water management or treatment facility, provided the facility is not operated by a municipality, and to carry out work there if the Minister considers it necessary in order to ensure adequate service for the persons served. The order may also determine the apportionment of the costs related to the operation or work among the persons served or among those persons and the operator or owner, as the case may be.
The Minister may also, if of the opinion that it is necessary for the protection of public health, order a municipality to acquire such a facility by agreement or expropriation, or to set up a new facility and acquire by agreement or expropriation the immovables and real rights required to do so.
The Minister may make any other order with regard to a municipality that the Minister considers necessary regarding water supply and water management or treatment.