Appropriated Water Rights in 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 appropriated water rights system used in Utah is discussed. The historical background for establishing this allocation process is reviewed. The process of changing the location and type of use of existing water rights is presented. Examples of the increasing demand and competition of municipal and industrial (M and I) users for existing irrigation supplies are presented. The examples include the Intermountain Power Project experience on the Sevier River and M and I demand for supplies from the Provo River.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Water resources | Rivers and streams | Water supply | Rain water | Water use | Local government | Industries | Utah | United States

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