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Water Policy Interim Committee October Update

Posted Date: 
October 2, 2012
Joe Kolman, Committee Staff

Water Committee Forwards Three Bills

The Water Policy Interim Committee is proposing three bills to the 2013 Legislature, including two that address the long-running controversy over water wells that are exempt from permitting.

The exemption allows an appropriation of water to bypass an evaluation to ensure that new uses of water don’t affect existing water users, such as irrigators. An exempt well may pump up to 35 gallons per minute as long as the annual volume of water does not exceed 10 acre-feet.

Both the amount of water allowed and the use of the wells in residential developments are controversial topics.

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