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Current Situation and Prospects for Aquifer Storage and Water Quality Enhancement (ASWQE) Projects in Korea: A Legal Perspective

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School of Law, Dong-A University (Bumin Campus), Busan 49236, Korea
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Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Dong-A University (Seunghak Campus), Busan 49315, Korea
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(10), 1970; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9101970
Received: 15 April 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 3 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
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Abstract

The aquifer storage and water quality enhancement (ASWQE) method is a potential alternative to overcome the limitations of water resource policies that focus on surface water and act as an effective measure against water shortage caused by climate change. According to the physical/technical characteristics and operational complexity of the ASQWE, there are various legal/institutional issues to be considered at every stage in the development and implementation of the project. However, in Korea, there is no legislation or legal basis directly related to the ASWQE projects, resulting in large gaps between the initiatives of ASWQE and the relevant laws and statutes. In this respect, this study, to introduce approaches for the establishment of a legal system in line with the requirements of ASWQE projects, mainly analyzes the gaps between the abovementioned principal legal/institutional issues/subjects and the indispensable elements at each phase of the project’s process in the existing Korean legal system concerning the ASWQE, particularly based on the issue tree approach. Through this comprehensive, systematic, and comparative case study, large gaps have been definitely identified between the initiatives surrounding ASWQE projects and the existing Korean legal system, and to conclude, legally multilateral approaches to fill and make up for the gaps have been presented. It is expected that the Korean government will continue to pursue the establishment of a comprehensive and integrated legal system in line with the requirements of ASWQE projects based on this research’s findings. When these attempts succeed, the expected legal achievement for the development and implementation of ASWQE projects could serve as an exemplary legal case for the entire world. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquifer storage and recovery (ASR); aquifer storage and water quality enhancement (ASWQE); aquifer storage transfer and recovery (ASTR); Groundwater Act; groundwater regulations of Korea aquifer storage and recovery (ASR); aquifer storage and water quality enhancement (ASWQE); aquifer storage transfer and recovery (ASTR); Groundwater Act; groundwater regulations of Korea
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Shim, Y.-G.; Choi, J.-H. Current Situation and Prospects for Aquifer Storage and Water Quality Enhancement (ASWQE) Projects in Korea: A Legal Perspective. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 1970.

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