PUERTO RICO WATER QUALITY STANDARDS REGULATION, AS AMENDED, ON MARCH 2003

Abstract: 
The Environmental Quality Board recognizes that water pollution is detrimental to public health and welfare, creates public nuisances, is harmful to wildlife, fish and other aquatic life, and impairs domestic, agricultural, industrial, recreational and other beneficial uses of water. It is the goal of this Board, and this Regulation, to preserve, maintain and enhance the quality of the waters of Puerto Rico in such manner that they be compatible with the social and economic needs of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The purposes of this Regulation are to: (1) designate the uses for which the quality of the waters of Puerto Rico shall be maintained and protected, (2) prescribe the water quality standards required to sustain the designated uses, (3) identify other rules and regulations applicable to sources of pollution that may affect the quality of waters subject to this Regulation and (4) prescribe additional measures necessary for implementing, achieving and maintaining the prescribed water quality. This Regulation is enacted in accordance with Law No. 9 approved on June 18, 1970, as amended known as the Public Policy Environmental Act, and nullifies any previous provision, resolution, agreement or regulation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on the same subject which may contradict this Regulation.