Water abstraction refers to the process of taking or extracting water from a natural source (rivers, lakes, groundwater aquifers, etc.) for various uses, from drinking to irrigation, treatment, and industrial applications.
The abstraction of water is managed by the Government. Most businesses taking more than 20,000 litres of water a day directly from rivers or groundwater require an abstraction license. Following review and consultation, shortcomings were identified in the existing system of abstraction, which led to the government introducing a series of new measures in 2016. Over the next few years, rules concerning abstraction are likely to change and may affect BALI members.
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