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S.B. 32





Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The State Water Development Commission recommended this bill.
             10              Membership:    10 legislators    14 non-legislators
             11              Legislative Vote:    7 voting for    1 voting against    2 absent
             12      General Description:
             13          This bill provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water
             14      right under certain conditions.
             15      Highlighted Provisions:
             16          This bill:
             17          .    provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right
             18      under certain conditions; and
             19          .    makes technical corrections.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          73-3-1, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 73-3-1 is amended to read:
             30           73-3-1. Appropriation -- Manner of acquiring water rights.
             31          [Rights] (1) A person may only acquire a right to the use of the unappropriated public
             32      waters in this state [may be acquired only] as provided for in this title. [No appropriation of
             33      water may be made and no rights to the use thereof initiated and no notice of intent to
             34      appropriate shall be recognized except application for such appropriation first be made to the
             35      state engineer in the manner hereinafter provided, and not otherwise. The]
             36          (2) The appropriation of public waters in the state shall comply with the requirements
             37      of this title.
             38          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (7), a person obtaining, initiating the use of, or
             39      providing notice of intent to appropriate a water right shall comply with the requirements of
             40      this chapter.
             41          (4) An appropriation [must be for some] may be made only for a useful and beneficial
             42      purpose[, and, as between].
             43          (5) (a) Between appropriators, the one first in time [shall be] is first in rights[;
             44      provided, that when a].
             45          (b) A use designated by an application to appropriate any of the unappropriated waters
             46      of the state that would materially interfere with a more beneficial use of [such] the water[, the
             47      application] shall be dealt with as provided in Section 73-3-8 . [No]
             48          (6) A person may not acquire a right to the use of water either appropriated or
             49      unappropriated [can be acquired] by adverse use or adverse possession.
             50          (7) Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 73-3-2 , a person may:
             51          (a) directly capture and store precipitation:
             52          (i) on property owned or leased by the person; and
             53          (ii) (A) in an underground storage container:
             54          (I) with a maximum capacity of 2,500 gallons; and
             55          (II) installed in accordance with relevant building codes adopted under Title 58,
             56      Chapter 56, Utah Uniform Building Standards Act; or
             57          (B) in covered storage containers with a maximum capacity of 55 gallons per
             58      container; and

             59          (b) place the water captured and stored under Subsection (7)(a) to beneficial use on the
             60      property on which the water is captured and stored.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-15-09 11:45 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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