Q-2, r. 5.1 - Regulation respecting the framework for authorization of certain projects to transfer water out of the St. Lawrence River Basin

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4. (Revoked).
O.C. 686-2011, s. 4; O.C. 871-2020, s. 1.
4. If the proposed water transfer involves an average quantity of water of 379,000 litres or more per day that is intended to supply a waterworks system serving a municipality referred to in subparagraph a of subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 31.91, the application must, in addition to the information and documents referred to in section 3, be accompanied by the following documents and information:
(1)  a description of the measures for the preservation and efficient use of the water that the applicant undertakes to carry out, including timetables;
(2)  a description of the follow-up indicators that will be used to monitor those measures for preservation and efficient use;
(3)  a narrative description explaining why the water transfer is necessary. The description must also include an analysis of the efficiency of the current uses of water, including the application of preservation measures that are judicious in terms of environment protection and economically feasible with regard to existing water supplies so as to reduce as much as possible the volume of water to be transferred;
(4)  a narrative description explaining why the quantities of water whose transfer is proposed are reasonable in relation to the proposed use. To that end, the application must also include a water use plan. The plan must include
(a)  the proposed use of the water and the population projections supporting the daily volumes for the period covered by the application;
(b)  a description of the capacity of the waterworks system in terms of water withdrawal, treatment and distribution;
(c)  an evaluation of the savings resulting from an efficient use of water;
(5)  a study about the impact of the transfer on the quality and quantity of water in the St. Lawrence River Basin and of the depending natural resources, including wildlife and plant species that depend for their survival on wetlands and wildlife habitats forming part of the Basin, as well as about the maintenance of water uses. That impact study must be designed and prepared according to a scientific method.
All volumes of water must, for the purposes of this section, be expressed in litres.
The information contained in the study referred to in subparagraph 5 of the first paragraph is public.
O.C. 686-2011, s. 4.