31.75. Withdrawals are subject to the authorization of the Minister or, in the cases prescribed by a regulation made under section 31.9, of the Government.
However, the following withdrawals are exempted from authorization: (1) a withdrawal with a maximum flow rate of less than 75,000 litres per day, unless
(a) it is intended to supply water to the number of persons the Government determines by regulation;
(b) the water is to be sold or distributed as spring water or mineral water or used as such in the manufacture, preservation or processing of products within the meaning of the Food Products Act (chapter P-29); or
(c) the water is withdrawn from the St. Lawrence River Basin to be transferred out of the Basin in accordance with subdivision 2;
(2) a temporary, non-recurring withdrawal for emergency-response, humanitarian or civil protection purposes; and
(3) any other withdrawal determined by regulation of the Government.