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5 AN ACT RELATING TO WATER AND IRRIGATION; CHANGING THE REQUIREMENT
6 THAT COUNTY RECORDERS SEND COPIES OF DEEDS TO THE STATE ENGINEER;
7 PROVIDING THAT FOR PURPOSES OF CONVEYANCES OF LAND A WATER RIGHT
8 EVIDENCED BY CERTAIN DOCUMENTS IS APPURTENANT TO LAND; PROVIDING
9 WHERE A WATER RIGHT IS APPURTENANT TO LAND; PROVIDING THAT WHEN
10 PART OF A WATER RIGHT IS CONVEYED IN A LAND CONVEYANCE DOCUMENT,
11 THE PORTION NOT CONVEYED IS PRESUMED TO BE RESERVED; AND PROVIDING
12 THAT THE AMOUNT OF A WATER RIGHT CONVEYED AS AN APPURTENANCE TO
13 LAND IS PROPORTIONATE TO THE CONVEYED PORTION OF THE WATER RIGHT'S
14 AUTHORIZED PLACE OF USE.
15 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
17 73-1-10, as last amended by Chapter 51, Laws of Utah 1996
18 73-1-11, as last amended by Chapter 51, Laws of Utah 1996
19 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
20 Section 1. Section 73-1-10 is amended to read:
21 73-1-10. Conveyance of water rights -- Deed -- Exceptions -- Filing and recordation
22 of deed.
23 (1) (a) A water right, whether evidenced by a decree, a certificate of appropriation, a
24 diligence claim to the use of surface or underground water, or a water user's claim filed in general
25 determination proceedings, shall be transferred by deed in substantially the same manner as is real
27 (b) The deed must be recorded in the office of the recorder of the county where the [
1 point of diversion of the water [
2 where the water is [
3 (c) [
4 county recorder shall promptly transmit to the state engineer a copy of the deed, or other
5 instrument, transferring the water right [
7 (d) A recorded deed of a water right shall[
8 county recorder constitute notice of its contents to [
10 (2) The right to the use of water evidenced by shares of stock in a corporation shall be
11 transferred in accordance with the procedures applicable to securities set forth in Title 70A,
12 Chapter 8, [
13 Section 2. Section 73-1-11 is amended to read:
14 73-1-11. Appurtenant water rights pass to grantee of land -- Exceptions --
15 Conveyance of a portion of irrigated land -- Appurtenant water rights -- Evidence -- Where
16 appurtenant -- Partial conveyances of water and land.
17 (1) A water right [
22 (a) specifically [
23 water right in the land conveyance[
24 (b) conveys a part of the water right in the land conveyance document; or
25 (c) conveys the water right [
26 to or contemporaneously with the execution of the land conveyance document.
27 (2) (a) If the water right has been exercised in irrigating different parcels of land at
28 different times, it shall pass to the grantee of a parcel of land on which the water right was
29 exercised next preceding the time the land conveyance was executed.
30 (b) Subsection (2)(a) applies only to land conveyances executed before May 4, 1998.
31 (3) In any conveyance, the grantee assumes the obligation for any unpaid assessment.
1 (4) The right to the use of water evidenced by shares of stock in a corporation shall not be
2 deemed appurtenant to [
3 (5) (a) This Subsection (5) governs land conveyances executed on or after May 4, 1998,
4 and has no retrospective operation.
5 (b) For purposes of land conveyances only, a water right evidenced by any of the
6 following documents is appurtenant to land:
7 (i) a decree entered by a court;
8 (ii) a certificate issued under Section 73-3-17;
9 (iii) a diligence claim for surface or underground water filed pursuant to Section 73-5-13;
10 (iv) a water user's claim executed for general determination of water rights proceedings
11 conducted pursuant to Title 73, Chapter 4, Determination of Water Rights, or pursuant to Section
13 (v) an approval for an application to appropriate water issued under Section 73-3-10;
14 (vi) an approval for an application to permanently change the place of use of water issued
15 under Section 73-3-10; or
16 (vii) an approval for an application to exchange water issued under Section 73-3-20.
17 (c) For purposes of land conveyances only, the land to which a water right is appurtenant
18 is the authorized place of use of water as described in the:
19 (i) decree;
20 (ii) certificate;
21 (iii) diligence claim;
22 (iv) water user's claim;
23 (v) approved application to appropriate water;
24 (vi) approved application to permanently change the place of use of water; or
25 (vii) approved exchange application.
26 (d) If a grantor conveys part of the water right in a land conveyance document pursuant
27 to Subsection (1)(b), the portion of the water right not conveyed is presumed to be reserved by the
29 (e) If the land conveyed constitutes only a portion of the authorized place of use for the
30 water right, the amount of the appurtenant water right that passes to the grantee shall be
31 proportionate to the conveyed portion of the authorized place of use.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-12-98 1:14 PM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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