Water constitutes a prerequisite for production. The Union of Agrinio is the best means to acquire a usage license.
The increasing pressure on the aquatic environment makes it necessary the application of sustainable growth policies on the development and management of aquatic resources. This should be done through the design, materialization and maximum functionality of infrastructures and management interventions, concerning both the offer and demand, e.g. through measures of saving and reusing water.
An orthological growth policy ought to also take into account the management of extreme phenomena and crises, such as drought and flood problems, but even more long-term environmental targets as well, such as long-standing protection of aquatic environments and the ecosystems related to them, improving their quality and ecological state and surely the gradual decrease of pollutant waste and the utter elimination of toxic waste.
Especially for Greece it is worth mentioning that our country constitutes a relatively hydrologically favored country, in terms of the Mediterranean region, even though the mismatch of time and spatial distribution of rainfall with the time and spatial distribution of water demand have created in the past and continue creating water shortage problems, especially in periods of drought.
It is widely accepted that, due to convenience, the exploitation of underground water systems takes place with an increasing rate, compared to the exploitation of superficial water, as, in the second case, serious and frequently long-standing investments are needed.
Even though the growth rate of superficial water exploitation projects in our country is considered limited, leaving room for additional activities, it should, however, become understood that this kind of growth projects are much more costly and are subject to many restrictions as: there is a general tendency to reduce the exploitation of natural resources, either due to climatic change and/or the intensified pollution of water systems, combined with the adopted and much more strict demands of the European Union, concerning the protection of aquatic ecosystems. As a consequence, it is of imperative need to emphasize on handling the demand and to not take as granted the traditional way of water-consuming, the traditional losses, the indifference towards the possibilities of reusing and recycling as well as the traditional estimation of cost and pricing of water.
National Register of Water Abstraction Points
By the 145026/10.01.2014 Joint Ministry Decision the National Register of Water Abstraction Points (“EMSSI” in Greek) was set up. The National Register of Water Abstraction Points is an electronic register, which is developed and kept by the Special Water Secretariat, in the form of a geospatial database and services system. The geospatial database and services system of “ΕMSSI” is organized according to the terms and demands of law 3882/2010 and consists of:
- the General Inventory of water abstraction points, in which all the names of water users and data that define the water abstraction points are listed,
- the e-Folder, in which all the water usage licenses are listed and filed, as well as the usage license requests and the enrollment applications in "EMSSI”,
- the Digital Map, on which the coordinates of the water abstraction points are imprinted, separated by each water basin.
The National Register of Water abstraction Points is “supplied” by the Water Management of Decentralized Administrations, which, in turn, are obligated to connect to the geospatial database and services system, and it belongs to the National Geospatial Data Infrastructure, according to the article 23 of law 3882/2010. In order to achieve the goals set by “EMSSI”, it is possible for the latter to interconnect with other special registers and public files, as ordered by the Minister of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy and the according, each time, Minister.
According to the Joint Ministry Decision, the following are ex officio enlisted in the National register of Water Abstraction Points, by the Water Management of Decentralized Administrations, without the civilians needed to proceed to any new actions:
- new water abstraction points, at which water usage license is granted, after the inception of the decision’s validity,
- water abstraction points, for which applications for new water usage licenses of renewal applications have been filed, during the inception of the decision’s validity and according to relevant issued agenda,
- pre-existing water abstraction points, which were licensed after 20-12-2005, irrespective of the validity of the water usage license or not, and which don’t belong to case (b).
The same goes for each change or correction of data of each enrollment.
Moreover, according to the new procedure, the following are enlisted as well:
- pre-existing water abstraction points, which were licensed for the first time before 20-12-2005, irrespective of the validity of the water usage license or not, and which don’t belong to case (b),
- e. all the pre-existing active or inactive water abstraction points which do not fall into the above cases.
The Union of Agrinio undertakes the development of studies and submission of relevant files, putting the whole procedure through in the least possible time.
The Agricultural Research Department, experienced and fully organized, monitors every step of each application and correctively intervenes, when needed, preventing possible problems.