The State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI) of the Ministry of Nature Protection is in charge of compliance assurance and enforcement of water and environmental legislation.
SEI supervises the implementation of norms and requirements of water resources protection and use, the proper water intake from water bodies, the amount of pollution from sewage systems, the concentration of allowable limits of hazardous substances (except radioactive ones) and other relevant environmental activities assigned by the National Water Program.
The State Environmental Inspectorate is responsible for the enforcement of water sector legislation through its 11 local inspectorates (including the Gegharkunik Regional Office where Lake Sevan is located). SEI is also responsible for maintaining the data obtained from water users on the actual amount of water extraction, water use and water return. The Ministry of Nature Protection designated SEI as responsible for the enforcement of water use permit requirements.
SEI monitors the following: actual water extraction points or water supply systems (name and location); actual extracted water quantities (total, by quarters and allowed by permit); quantity of water actually used for various needs (drinking, municipal, irrigation, industry, rural supply and other); quantity of actual water returned (total, returned to surface waters, quantity of polluted water, quantity of wastewater treated by mechanical, physical-chemical and biological methods); description of the outflow, including volumes of hazardous chemicals in the water used and returned (actual and maximum allowed discharge); content of harmful substances in wastewater discharged to water resources by basins, marzes (provinces) and communities (including total biological oxygen demand, ammonia nitrogen, nitrates, nitrites, phosphates, chlorides, sulfates, iron, copper, zinc, nickel and suspended substances); and wastewater discharge to water resources, categorized by basins, marzes, and communities.
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