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AN ACT RELATING TO WATER AND IRRIGATION; PROVIDING THAT FOR PURPOSES
OF CONVEYANCES OF LAND A WATER RIGHT EVIDENCED BY CERTAIN
DOCUMENTS IS APPURTENANT TO LAND; PROVIDING WHERE A WATER RIGHT
IS APPURTENANT TO LAND; PROVIDING THAT WHEN PART OF A WATER RIGHT
IS CONVEYED IN A LAND CONVEYANCE DOCUMENT, THE PORTION NOT
CONVEYED IS PRESUMED TO BE RESERVED; AND PROVIDING THAT THE
AMOUNT OF A WATER RIGHT CONVEYED AS AN APPURTENANCE TO LAND IS
PROPORTIONATE TO THE CONVEYED PORTION OF THE WATER RIGHT'S
AUTHORIZED PLACE OF USE.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
73-1-10, as last amended by Chapter 51, Laws of Utah 1996
73-1-11, as last amended by Chapter 51, Laws of Utah 1996
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 73-1-10 is amended to read:
73-1-10. Conveyance of water rights -- Deed -- Exceptions -- Filing and recordation
(1) (a) A water right, whether evidenced by a decree, a certificate of appropriation, a
diligence claim to the use of surface or underground water, or a water user's claim filed in general
determination proceedings, shall be transferred by deed in substantially the same manner as is real
(b) The deed must be recorded in the office of the recorder of the county where the [
point of diversion of the water [
where the water is [
(c) A certified copy of the deed, or other instrument, transferring the water right shall be
promptly transmitted by the county recorder to the state engineer for filing.
(d) A recorded deed of a water right shall[
county recorder constitute notice of its contents to [
(2) The right to the use of water evidenced by shares of stock in a corporation shall be
transferred in accordance with the procedures applicable to securities set forth in Title 70A, Chapter
Section 2. Section 73-1-11 is amended to read:
73-1-11. Appurtenant water rights pass to grantee of land -- Exceptions -- Conveyance
of a portion of irrigated land -- Appurtenant water rights -- Evidence -- Where appurtenant
-- Partial conveyances of water and land.
(1) A water right [
(a) specifically [
water right in the land conveyance[
(b) conveys a part of the water right in the land conveyance document; or
(c) conveys the water right [
to or contemporaneously with the execution of the land conveyance document.
(2) (a) If the water right has been exercised in irrigating different parcels of land at different
times, it shall pass to the grantee of a parcel of land on which the water right was exercised next
preceding the time the land conveyance was executed.
(b) Subsection (2)(a) applies only to land conveyances executed before May 4, 1998.
(3) In any conveyance, the grantee assumes the obligation for any unpaid assessment.
(4) The right to the use of water evidenced by shares of stock in a corporation shall not be
deemed appurtenant to [
(5) (a) This Subsection (5) governs land conveyances executed on or after May 4, 1998, and
has no retrospective operation.
(b) For purposes of land conveyances only, a water right evidenced by any of the following
documents is appurtenant to land:
(i) a decree entered by a court;
(ii) a certificate issued under Section 73-3-17;
(iii) a diligence claim for surface or underground water filed pursuant to Section 73-5-13;
(iv) a water user's claim executed for general determination of water rights proceedings
conducted pursuant to Title 73, Chapter 4, Determination of Water Rights, or pursuant to Section
(v) an approval for an application to appropriate water issued under Section 73-3-10;
(vi) an approval for an application to permanently change the place of use of water issued
under Section 73-3-10; or
(vii) an approval for an application to exchange water issued under Section 73-3-20.
(c) For purposes of land conveyances only, the land to which a water right is appurtenant
is the authorized place of use of water as described in the:
(iii) diligence claim;
(iv) water user's claim;
(v) approved application to appropriate water;
(vi) approved application to permanently change the place of use of water; or
(vii) approved exchange application.
(d) If a grantor conveys part of the water right in a land conveyance document pursuant to
Subsection (1)(b), the portion of the water right not conveyed is presumed to be reserved by the
(e) If the land conveyed constitutes only a portion of the authorized place of use for the water
right, the amount of the appurtenant water right that passes to the grantee shall be proportionate to
the conveyed portion of the authorized place of use.
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