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First Substitute S.B. 32

Representative Ben C. Ferry proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water
             10      right under certain conditions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right
             14      under certain conditions; and
             15          .    makes technical corrections.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          73-3-1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             23      ENACTS:
             24          73-3-1.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 73-3-1 is amended to read:
             28           73-3-1. Appropriation -- Manner of acquiring water rights.
             29          [Rights] (1) A person may acquire a right to the use of the unappropriated public
             30      waters in this state [may be acquired only] only as provided for in this title. [No appropriation
             31      of water may be made and no rights to the use thereof initiated and no notice of intent to
             32      appropriate shall be recognized except application for such appropriation first be made to the
             33      state engineer in the manner hereinafter provided, and not otherwise. The]
             34          (2) The appropriation of public waters in the state shall comply with the requirements
             35      of this title.
             36          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (7), a person obtaining, initiating the use of, or
             37      providing notice of intent to appropriate a water right shall comply with the requirements of
             38      this chapter.
             39          (4) An appropriation [must be for some] may be made only for a useful and beneficial
             40      purpose[, and, as between].
             41          (5) (a) Between appropriators, the one first in time [shall be] is first in rights[;
             42      provided, that when a].
             43          (b) A use designated by an application to appropriate any of the unappropriated waters
             44      of the state that would materially interfere with a more beneficial use of [such] the water[, the
             45      application] shall be dealt with as provided in Section 73-3-8 . [No]
             46          (6) A person may not acquire a right to the use of water either appropriated or
             47      unappropriated [can be acquired] by adverse use or adverse possession.
             48          (7) Notwithstanding Section 73-3-2 , a person may directly capture and store
             49      precipitation as provided in Section 73-3-1.5 .
             50          Section 2. Section 73-3-1.5 is enacted to read:
             51          73-3-1.5. Capture and store participation.
             52          (1) As used in this section, "parcel" means an identifiable contiguous unit of property
             53      that is treated as separate for valuation or zoning purposes and includes an improvement on
             54      that unit of property.
             55          (2) Notwithstanding Section 73-3-2 , a person may:
             56          (a) directly capture and store precipitation on a parcel owned or leased by the person in

             57      accordance with Subsection (3) or (4); and
             58          (b) place the water captured and stored as provided in Subsection (2)(a) to beneficial
             59      use on the parcel on which the water is captured and stored.
             60          (3) If a person collects or stores precipitation in an underground storage container, the
             61      person may collect and store precipitation:
             62          (a) in only one underground storage container for a parcel if the underground storage
             63      container:
             64          (i) has a maximum capacity of no more than 2,500 gallons; and
             65          (ii) is installed in accordance with relevant building codes adopted under Title 58,
             66      Chapter 56, Utah Uniform Building Standards Act; and
             67          (b) after registering for the capture and storage of precipitation in accordance with
             68      Subsection (5).
             69          (4) If a person collects or stores precipitation in a covered storage container, the person
             70      may collect and store precipitation in no more than two covered storage containers, if the
             71      maximum storage capacity of any one covered storage container is not greater than 100 gallons.
             72          (5) (a) The state engineer shall provide a website on which a person may register as
             73      required by Subsection (3).
             74          (b) To register, a person shall complete information required by the state engineer
             75      including the:
             76          (i) name and address of the person capturing or storing precipitation;
             77          (ii) total capacity of all containers storing precipitation; and
             78          (iii) street address or other suitable description of the location where precipitation is to
             79      be captured and stored.

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