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Licensing of water service providers by the Water Sector Regulatory Council (WSRC) is required to ensure that the level of services being provided to consumers is in accordance to national standards and are in fulfillment of Minimum Standard Requirements. Licensing of water services will help ensure the quality of delivered water services and to protect consumers’ right to safe, accessible and affordable water.

This section will include the different license types and annexes as well as the list of WSP which are licensed and operate according to the law once the licensing by-law has been endorsed by the Council of Ministers.

The licensing of water services generally sets out minimum standard requirements and standards for water services.

Why License?

Licensing of water service providers by the Water Sector Regulatory Council (WSRC) is required by law to ensure that the level of services being provided to consumers is in accordance with national standards and are in fulfillment of Minimum Standard Requirements for water services. Licensing of water services will help ensure the quality of delivered water services and to protect consumers’ rights to safe, accessible and affordable water.

Once the licensing by-law has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers this section will include:

  • the different license types and annexes (including the Minimum Standard Requirements.)

  • a list of WSP which are licensed and are operating according to the law.

Who has to be licensed?

According to the Water Law no. 14 (2014), the WSRC is responsible for the issuance of licenses to any operator that establishes or manages the operation of a facility for the supply, desalination, or treatment of water or the collection and treatment of wastewater. Operators include local authorities, Joint Service Councils, and Associations that provide water or wastewater service as well as the National Water Company and Regional Water Utilities once they are established. In the licensing by-law the licensing fees will be defined to ensure the financial sustainability of the WSRC to fulfill its mandate.

Does WSRC license water resources?

No, the Water Law no. 14 (2014) gives the Palestinian Water Authority the responsibility to issue licenses for:

Drilling, exploration, extraction or collection of groundwater;

The construction or expansion of a well or the drilling a substitute well;

Utilizing surface water for non-personal purposes.

The mandate of WSRC is to license providers of water services like water supply, wastewater and desalination.

How to Apply for a License?

According to the Water Law, a license from the WSRC is required to provide water services, which include the production, transportation, distribution, consumption and wastewater management.

Licenses can be applied for and be issued as soon as the Licensing Bylaw has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers.