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Exploitation of underground water limited


(10:59:10 AM, 16/01/2019)

This is the guidance of the Prime Minister in Decree No. 167/2018/ND-CP regulating the restriction of underground water exploitation. This Decree prescribes the restriction of underground water exploitationin terms of freshwater areas in the territory of our country.

 The subjects to application include state management agencies related to thezoning and announcement of restricted areasfor the exploitation of underground water and the application of forms and measures to restrict the exploitation of underground water. Organizations and individuals engaged in the activities of exploring, exploiting and using underground water withrequired exploration permits shall comply with the provisions of Clause 2, Article 52 of the Law on Water Resources.

The application of restrictions on underground water exploitation prescribed in Clause 5, Article 52 of the Law on Water Resources must be based on the classification of areas restricted to underground water exploitation specified in Article 4 of this Decree; current status of water use and exploitation; and must be decided by competent state agencies via the application of measures to limit the exploitation of specific underground water specified in Article 6, Article 7, Article 8 and Article 9 and Article 10 of this Decree.

The implementation of measures to limit the exploitation of underground water must comply with specific plans and roadmaps in the plan specified in Article 13 of this Decree, except for incidents causing landslides or subsidence or emergency circumstances which require well filling and sealing to fix the problem.

The implementation of measures to limit the exploitation of undergroundthatrequires well filling and sealingshall comply with regulations on filling and sealing of unused wells; In case of granting, extending, adjusting, withdrawing or re-granting water resource licenses, the provisions of law on water resources shall be complied with.

Bui Tho