31.81. The term of a water withdrawal authorization issued by the Minister is 10 years.
However, the Minister may issue or renew an authorization for a shorter or longer term to serve the public interest or in the cases prescribed by regulation of the Government. If the Minister decides on a term shorter than 10 years, the person concerned must be given prior notice of the Minister’s intended decision, including reasons, and an opportunity to present observations.
This section does not apply to a water withdrawal authorization for the supply of drinking water to a waterworks system operated by a municipality.