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The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning also has responsibility for the subject of water protection, use and management and tasks with regard to the implementation of environment protection public services:   potable water supply and treatment of urban and drainage waste water.


In the area of water protection, the Ministry prepares and ensures the preparation and implementation of programming documents for the achievement of goals of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC), the Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC, 76/160/EEC), the Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) and the preparation and implementation of regulations concerning protection areas as regards the Water Act: water protection areas, bathing water protection areas.


In the field of the provision of the use of water it handles initiatives for the obtaining of rights to water on the basis of concession, in particular for the production of electric energy in hydroelectric power stations, for the production of beverages, for the use of mineral, thermal and thermal-mineral water in bathing sites, for heating and similar uses, collection of debris, for aquaculture and production of freshwater organisms in still waters with a surface water greater than 0,5 km2 and for the use of water space for ports and berthing facilities. The task of the sector is to ensure a use of waters which is not contrary to the goals of the achievement and conservation of good water status and water ecosystems.


In the field of water regulation it is responsible for the preparation of a detailed plan for the reduction of flood hazards in compliance with the Flood Directive (Directive 2007/60/EC) and the preparation and implementation of the Water Fund programme: this is a programme of planning, preparation and implementation of water infrastructure for the achievement of water regulation and for the management and guidance regarding water infrastructure in relation to the construction of the Spodnja Sava Hydroelectric Power Plant.