Water Drilling Control Law, 1955

The Water Drilling Control Law was enacted during the 1950s, to regulate and control exploration for water.

– A drilling license, issued by the Water Commissioner, is required for the drilling of, or alteration to, any well.

– The Water Commissioner may refuse to grant a drilling license, cancel a license, or set conditions for the license "in order to prevent the depletion or salination of the water source or in order to ensure a supply of water for household purposes…."

– The Water Commissioner must publish a notice of application for drilling license. Any person opposing the granting of a license must state his objections in writing to the Commissioner.

– Persons aggrieved by the Water Commissioners decision may appeal to the Water Tribunal.

– The Water Commissioner is empowered to have any well inspected in order to supervise compliance with the law and regulations promulgated by the Minister of Agriculture.

– The Magistrate, upon application by the Commissioner, may order an unlicensed well or a well not meeting with the conditions of a license to be capped.

– Implementation of this law and the enactment of regulations pertaining to the drilling or capping of wells are the responsibilities of the Minister of Agriculture.