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General Directorate of Water – Supreme Decree No. 53 of the Ministry of Public Works, approves regulations for monitoring effective surface water extraction.

19 Oct 2020

Introduction

On October 15, 2020, Supreme Decree No. 53 (“D.S. No. 53/2020”), dated April 3, 2020, of the Ministry of Public Works (“MOP”) was published, which regulates some of the amendments introduced by Law No. 21. 064, published on January 27, 2018, that is, to make explicit the terms, criteria, and technical conditions necessary to apply the well-founded resolutions issued by the General Water Directorate to comply with the obligation to install and maintain a Measurement and Transmission System to control, measure, and report the water extracted by users’ organizations or the exclusive owner of an aqueduct that extracts water from a natural stream, including water extracted from accumulation works located on the natural course. Also, users’ organizations or the exclusive owner of an aqueduct that draws water from a natural stream, and are users of non-consumptive surface water rights, must install a measurement system at the point of restitution (Article 38 and 307 bis of the Water Code).

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