Abstract

The fulfillment of water needs for living things is the responsibility of the State. State control of dealing with water is done through the arrangement and management of licenses ensuring the right of everyone to get water as a primary need. Groundwater extraction and management will be a separate issue when the legal norms do not guarantee certainty and justice for society. The Constitutional Court decision No. 85/PUU-XI/2013 dated February 18th, 2015, states that Law No. 7 of 2004 on Water Resources has no legal force. Therefore, the re-enactment of Law No. 11 of 1974 on watering gives impact to the regulation of groundwater extraction. This should meet the principles of the decision of the Constitutional Court. Governments, including local governments, have an important duty regarding groundwater management, so that the water needs can be fulfilled for all people.

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