Ground Water Act

Ground Water Regulations 1973

[GN 74 of 1973 – 2 June 1973] [Section 16]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Ground Water Regulations 1973.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Ground Water Act;

"brackish water" means water that has more salinity than fresh water;

"licensee" means a person to whom a ground water licence has been issued under section 7 of the Act;

"monthly charges" means charges for ground water for a period of more than 35 days;

"use of ground water for agricultural purposes" means the use of ground water for the purpose of agriculture including irrigation, breeding of livestock, poultry rearing and camaron hatchery;

"use of ground water for domestic purposes" means the use of ground water for drinking, washing or cooking or for any other purpose of domestic life;

"use of ground water for industrial purposes" means the use of ground water for the purpose of manufacturing goods;

"use of ground water for the purpose of desalination" means removal of salt and other minerals from seawater or brackish water to make it suitable for human consumption or industrial use;

"water charges" means the fees and charges specified in the Fourth Schedule;

"year" means any continuous period of 12 months.

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 3 of GN 128 of 1996 w.e.f. 14 December 1996; Rp. 1 of 1997 w.e.f. 22 March 1997; reg. 3 of GN 96 of 2002 w.e.f. 1 August 2002; reg. 3 of GN 173 of 2006 w.e.f. 5 September 2006; reg. 3 of GN 207 of 2011 w.e.f. 1 January 2012.]

3. An application for –

(a) a ground water licence in respect of a proposed installation; or

(b) the renewal of a ground water licence,

shall be in the form set out in the First and Second Schedules respectively.

4. Every licence for the abstraction, diversion, obstruction, measurement or use of ground water shall be valid for a maximum period of 7 years and shall be in the form set out in the Third Schedule.

5. (1) Every licensee shall pay –

 (a) in respect of the use of ground water for agricultural, domestic or industrial purposes, or for the purpose of desalination, the appropriate annual licence fee specified in paragraph 1 of the Fourth Schedule;

 (b) in respect of the use of ground water for agricultural or industrial purposes, the appropriate monthly charge specified in paragraph 2 of the Fourth Schedule.

(2) The volume of water abstracted during a period where the meter has been removed or where the meter reading is not available shall be calculated by reference to the average daily rate of abstraction as evidenced by the last 2 readings taken before the removal of the meter or by the readings where these were available.

(3) A bill for water charges shall be paid within 21 days of its issue and any payment made thereafter shall include a surcharge of 10 per cent, which surcharge if not a multiple of 10 cents shall be increased to the nearest multiple of 10 cents.

[Reg. 5 revoked and replaced by reg. 3 of GN 124 of 1992 w.e.f. 15 August 1992; reg. 4 of GN 128 of 1996 w.e.f. 14 December 1996; Rp. 1 of 1997 w.e.f. 22 March 1997; revoked and replaced by reg. 4 of GN 96 of 2002 w.e.f. 1 August 2002; amended by reg. 4 of GN 207 of 2011 w.e.f. 1 January 2012.]

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FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulation 3]

APPLICATION FOR A GROUND WATER LICENCE IN RESPECT
OF A PROPOSED INSTALLATION

[Section 5 of the Ground Water Act]

To – The Central Water Authority.

PARTICULARS

1. Name of applicant .......................................................................................................

 Address .........................................................................................................................

2. Place to which application relates (plans, in duplicate, to be annexed ) ...............................................................................................

3. Title deed to the land to which this application refers (reference number) .............. ........................................................................................................................................

4. Nature of proposed exploitation (open well, borehole, tunnel or other and the number thereof) ...........................................................................................................

5. Particulars of proposed installation (H.P. of engine, head of pump, capacity of installation) ...................................................................................................................

6. Average daily quantity of ground water to be used ..................................................

7. Purpose for which water will be used –

(1) Domestic supply (location and number of house to be served) ......................

(2) Industrial use (give particulars) ..........................................................................

(3) Irrigation (location and area of land to be irrigated) .........................................

(4) Other .....................................................................................................................

I/We request that I/we may be granted a Ground Water Licence in accordance with the particulars specified above and the duplicate plans submitted herewith.

*The written permission of the owner of the land on which the ground water exploitation is to be undertaken, duly certified by a notary public, is also submitted.

..................................     .......................................

  Date        Signature of applicant

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Licence no. .....

Issued on ...........................

Reference ..........................

Date ...................................

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*to be deleted if applicant is the owner of the land.

SECOND SCHEDULE

[Regulation 3]

APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL OF A GROUND WATER LICENCE

[Section 5(3) of the Ground Water Act]

To – The Central Water Authority

I/We ........................................., of ............................................., being licensed to use ground water hereby apply for the renewal of my/our licence no. ..... dated ..........

..................................     .......................................

  Date        Signature of applicant

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

Licence no. .................................   

Issued on ....................................

Reference ...................................

Date ............................................

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Regulation 4]

LICENCE PERMITTING EXPLOITATION AND USE OF GROUND WATER

A Licence no. ..... is hereby granted to ............................. of ........................ permitting him/her/them to ................................ at ................................ and to use the ground water so obtained for the purpose of ............................... subject to the Ground Water Act and the following conditions –

(a) this licence is granted for a period of .............. years and shall expire on .............. Application for renewal shall be submitted 6 months before the expiry of this licence;

(b) this licence is not transferable;

(c) the abandonment of the exploitation shall be notified to the General Manager, Central Water Authority;

(d) a daily record shall be kept showing the quantity of water drawn and the working water level below datum;

(e) ................................................................................................................................

......................      .................................................

Date         General Manager,

       Central Water Authority

NOTES

The following are guide notes to the conditions which may be attached to a licence for the exploitation and use of ground water

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