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Focus on: State Water Use Laws: Compliance and Enforcement

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
05-11-026August 2005May 2006
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Author(s) Water Resources Program
Description Water use in Washington state is regulated through a state permit and certificate system, except for smaller exempt groundwater withdrawals, usually used for single homes in rural areas. Those applying for and receiving water rights first have priority in water use over those applying later. This tenet of water law is known as “first in time, first in right” or the prior appropriation doctrine.
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Keywords Water Rights, enforcement, compliance, water resources
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