Factsheet: Water Law

Water Law

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Royal Legislative Decree 1/2001, dated July 20, which approves the rewritten text of the Water Law
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Real Decreto Legislativo 1/2001, de 20 de julio, por el que se aprueba el texto refundido de la Ley de Aguas
The revised text of the Water Law, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2001, of 20 July, is aimed at regulating the public hydraulic domain, water use and the exercise of the powers attributed to the State in the matters related to said domain. The hydrologic planning will have as a main objective to secure to the good state and the suitable protection of the hydraulic public domain and the waters subjects to this law, the satisfaction of the water demands, the balance and harmonization of the regional and local development, increasing the availabilities of the resource, protecting its quality, saving its use and rationalizing its uses in harmony with the natural environment and the other natural resources.
sustainable management and protection of water
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment


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