Waste-water

Waste-water is an inevitable part of everyday life. A permit from the Ministry is required to discharge waste-water. The permit will ensure that the discharge takes place as responsibly as possible, and with due consideration for public health and the environment.

What is waste-water?

Waste-water means all water derived from residences, businesses and other buildings. Waste-water includes so-called domestic waste-water, grey water, black water and process waste-water, drainage water and roof and surface run-off water.

Permit to discharge

Waste-water can only be discharged into water courses, lakes or the sea provided that the Ministry has given a permit to discharge. There will be a series of conditions in the discharge permit that must be observed. A permit, for example, contains conditions on the discharge quantity and composition, layout, internal control, cleaning measures and time limits.

Application for a discharge permit

An application for a discharge permit must include:

 Details about the applicant and ownership information

 Description of the business/household/plant from which the discharge will take place

 Information on the establishment of the applied plant

 Drawings showing the placement of buildings and other parts of the property that are connected to the waste-water facility from which the discharge will take place

 Description of the waste-water

 Proposal for terms and conditions and internal control

Applications for a discharge permit must be in writing and submitted to the Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment and Agriculture:

Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment and Agriculture

npann@nanoq.gl Post Office Box 1614

3900 Nuuk

If there will be waste-water discharge associated with operating a heavily polluting enterprise, a waste-water permit should be applied for, as well as seeking environmental approval. This happens also with the Ministry of Independence, Nature, Environment and Agriculture.

Legislation

The statutory framework for the waste- water sector is made up of:

 Chapter 4 of Parliament of Greenland Act No. 9 of 22 November 2011 on the protection of teh environment

 The Government of Greenland Proclamation No. 10 of 12 June 2015 on the disposal of sewage and waste water