Water Rights in Heber Valley, Utah

by Charles H. Call, Jr., Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake City, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Development and Management Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems


The Heber Valley is an agricultural area in Central Utah which is rapidly converting to recreational seasonal home development. There are many competing demands for the available water supplies. They include calls by the existing Deer Creek Reservoir and the proposed Jordanelle reservoir, municipal and industrial needs of the Heber Valley and the heavily populated Wasatch Front, and the increasing demands for a firm water supply by the seasonal development. Allocation of available supply through exchange agreements approved by the State Engineer has given the seasonal developments a false sense of security. If the proposed water supply storage reservoirs are not completed, it is anticipated that the larger municipalities along the Wasatch Front will begin to purchase and convert irrigation rights to municipal rights.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water-based recreation | Water resources | Seasonal variations | Water rights | Water supply | Water storage | Surface water | Utah | United States

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