The efforts of the Supreme Council for the Environment to preserve water, which are among the most important environment-oriented ones, are complementary to the efforts of many public and private institutions in this regard, as water is the most important element of the life cycle, not only for humans, but to all the creatures on the earth's surface as well. Among these efforts:
- The establishment of the Water Resources Council promulgated by Decree-Law No. 7 for 1982. The council is responsible for devising the water policies in the country in light of the results of water studies and surveys and protecting water resources to ensure their development and sustainability. It shall also take the necessary procedures to ensure optimal utilization of water for agricultural and industrial purposes, in coordination with the relevant sides, and regulate groundwater management and digging wells, as well as other administrative and regulatory procedures.
- Determining the environmental standards for air and water quality, as per Ministerial Edict No.10 of 1999 which was then amended by ministerial edicts No.2 and 3 of 2001.
- Implementation of the ministerial edict issued in 2004 on the obligation of internal water installations system. The edict set specifications and regulations for water connections within buildings to prevent water leakage in buildings and maintenance of aquatic resources.
- Implementation of an integrated program to detect water leaks in the internal networks of subscribers and help them fix them.
- Expanding the use of treated wastewater for irrigation in the agricultural sector.
- Launching many media and awareness-raising campaigns and programs on rationalizing water consumption.
- A national contingency plan to combat oil spills has been devised and then approved by the Cabinet in 2011. Moreover, the National Oil Spill Response Command Centre has been equipped to provide immediate response to incidents of oil spills.