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Application concerning the establishment of a water plant or water cooperative

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

A facility that supplies household water must request approval for its operations from the municipal health protection authority, if the facility produces or processes water.

A wholesaler must also request approval for its operations from the municipal health protection authority. A wholesaler is considered an operator that sells water to a facility that supplies household water. Wholesale companies do not have end-users of water.

An application must be made to the City environment sector's Food Safety unitconcerning the establishment of a water plant or water cooperative.

The Food Safety unit is responsible for monitoring household water and preventing illnesses that spread through household water, in accordance with the Health Protection Act.

Do the following

The municipal health protection authority issues the approvals.

To whom and on what terms

A facility is not allowed to supply household water unless their operations have been approved. Likewise, a wholesaler is not allowed to start its operations before an approval.

A facility must also request an approval if they plan on expanding or modifying their water abstraction or treatment significantly. They must also request an approval if the quality or distribution of water changes significantly.

The facility must submit an application regarding a change in their operations no later than 30 days before the change. The facility must not change its operations until the application has been approved.

If the operator has established itself in another country in the European Economic Area and temporarily offers services in Finland, the same approvals are required as from operators established in Finland.

A fee is charged for the service.


Deadline

An approval must be requested three months before the planned start of operations.

Period of validity

The approval is valid until further notice.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceUrban Environment Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Urban Environment Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 22/5/2022