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(1) The Commission shall in considering an application, conduct an investigation to ascertain whether the proposed use of the water

(a) is in accordance with the established water use policies and plans, and

(b) will not cause irreparable damage to water resources, public health and the environment

(2) In conducting the investigations the Commission shall

(a) consider the technical and social aspects of the application’ and

(b) ensure public participation especially the people in the area likely to be affected by the proposed use.