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7 LONG TITLE
8 Committee Note:
9 The Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10 General Description:
11 This bill prohibits the state engineer from commencing an enforcement action under
12 certain circumstances and provides for the collection and use of precipitation without
13 obtaining a water right in certain circumstances.
14 Highlighted Provisions:
15 This bill:
16 . prohibits the state engineer from commencing an enforcement action under certain
18 . provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right
19 in certain circumstances; and
20 . makes technical changes.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 73-2-25, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 282 and 382
28 73-3-1.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 14
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 73-2-25 is amended to read:
32 73-2-25. State engineer enforcement powers.
33 (1) For purposes of this section, "initial order" means one of the following issued by
34 the state engineer:
35 (a) a notice of violation; or
36 (b) a cease and desist order.
37 (2) (a) [
38 commence an enforcement action under this section if the state engineer finds that a person:
39 (i) is diverting, impounding, or using water for which no water right has been
41 (ii) is diverting, impounding, or using water in violation of an existing water right;
42 (iii) violates Section 73-5-4 ;
43 (iv) violates Section 73-5-9 ;
44 (v) violates a written distribution order from the state engineer;
45 (vi) violates an order issued under Section 73-3-29 regarding the alteration of the bed
46 or bank of a natural stream channel;
47 (vii) violates a notice or order regarding dam safety issued under Chapter 5a, Dam
49 (viii) fails to submit a report required by Section 73-3-25 ; or
50 (ix) engages in well drilling without a license required by Section 73-3-25 .
51 (b) The state engineer may not commence an enforcement action against a person
52 under Subsection (2)(a)(i), if the person directly captures, or stores, precipitation on the surface
53 of, or under, a parcel owned or leased by the person, including in a catch basin, storm drain
54 pipe, swell, or pond, if the collection or storage:
55 (i) is consistent with local laws and ordinances;
56 (ii) does not interfere with an existing water right; and
57 (iii) is designed to slow, detain, or retain storm water or protect watersheds from
58 pollution with the intention that the precipitation:
59 (A) absorbs into the ground or is released for discharge; and
60 (B) is not put to beneficial use.
62 shall issue an initial order, which shall include:
63 (i) a description of the violation;
64 (ii) notice of any penalties to which a person may be subject under Section 73-2-26 ;
66 (iii) notice that the state engineer may treat each day's violation of the provisions listed
67 in Subsection (2)(a) as a separate violation under Subsection 73-2-26 (1)(d).
69 from Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act.
70 (3) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
71 state engineer shall make rules necessary to enforce an initial order, which shall include:
72 (a) provisions consistent with this section and Section 73-2-26 for enforcement of the
73 initial order if a person to whom an initial order is issued fails to respond to the order or abate
74 the violation;
75 (b) the right to a hearing, upon request by a person against whom an initial order is
76 issued; and
77 (c) provisions for timely issuance of a final order after:
78 (i) the person to whom the initial order is issued fails to respond to the order or abate
79 the violation; or
80 (ii) a hearing held under Subsection (3)(b).
81 (4) A person may not intervene in an enforcement action commenced under this
83 (5) After issuance of a final order under rules made pursuant to Subsection (3)(c), the
84 state engineer shall serve a copy of the final order on the person against whom the order is
85 issued by:
86 (a) personal service under Utah Rules of Civil Procedure 5; or
87 (b) certified mail.
88 (6) (a) The state engineer's final order may be reviewed by trial de novo by the district
89 court in:
90 (i) Salt Lake County; or
91 (ii) the county where the violation occurred.
92 (b) A person shall file a petition for judicial review of the state engineer's final order
93 issued under this section within 20 days from the day on which the final order was served on
94 that person.
95 (7) The state engineer may bring suit in a court of competent jurisdiction to enforce a
96 final order issued under this section.
97 (8) If the state engineer prevails in an action brought under Subsection (6)(b) or (7), the
98 state may recover all court costs and a reasonable attorney fee.
99 Section 2. Section 73-3-1.5 is amended to read:
100 73-3-1.5. Capture and storage of precipitation.
101 (1) As used in this section, "parcel" means an identifiable contiguous unit of property
102 that is treated as separate for valuation or zoning purposes and includes an improvement on
103 that unit of property.
104 (2) Notwithstanding Section 73-3-2 , a person may:
105 (a) directly capture and store precipitation on a parcel owned or leased by the person in
106 accordance with Subsection (3) or (4); and
107 (b) place the water captured and stored as provided in Subsection (2)(a) to beneficial
108 use on the parcel on which the water is captured and stored.
119 (3) After registering for the capture and storage of precipitation in accordance with
120 Subsection (5), a person may collect and store precipitation in a container installed in
121 accordance with the State Construction Code or an approved code under Title 15A, State
122 Construction and Fire Codes Act, if:
123 (a) for a person who uses only one container on a parcel, the total capacity of the
124 container is no more than 2,500 gallons; or
125 (b) for a person who uses more than one container on a parcel, the aggregate capacity
126 of the containers is no more than 2,500 gallons.
127 (4) A person may collect and store precipitation, without registering under Subsection
128 (5), in no more than two covered storage containers[
129 storage [
130 capacity of greater than 100 gallons.
131 (5) (a) The state engineer shall provide a website on which a person may register as
132 required by Subsection (3).
133 (b) To register, a person shall complete information required by the state engineer
134 including the:
135 (i) name and address of the person capturing or storing precipitation;
136 (ii) total capacity of all containers storing precipitation; and
137 (iii) street address or other suitable description of the location where precipitation is to
138 be captured and stored.
139 (6) Beneficial use of water under Subsection (2)(b) does not constitute a water right
140 and may not be:
141 (a) changed under Section 73-3-3 ;
142 (b) assigned; or
143 (c) consolidated with a water right.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-15-12 1:56 PM