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FAQ: Replacement Wells Requiring a Water Right

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04-11-014August 2004February 2006
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Author(s) Beitel, Judy
Description When adding or replacing a well, the water right holder must apply to the Department of Ecology (Ecology) to have their water right changed. This process requires Ecology to perform an investigation to determine the extent and validity of the water right, the source of water and potential effects on other water rights. However, a 1997 law allows some water right holders to construct and use replacement or additional wells without going through the water right change application. This FAQ will address those areas.
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Keywords decommission, water right changes, well help, wells, water right, well closure, well construction
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