Focus on: State Water Use Laws: Compliance and Enforcement
Focus on: State Water Use Laws: Compliance and Enforcement (Number of pages: 5) (Publication Size: 143KB)
|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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