Solar Water Access & Water Rights Overview (19)
In the western United States, surface water rights are most often governed by a system of prior appropriation, which allocates rights by priority based on the date of application to a beneficial use; first in time, first in right. While in the eastern United States, surface water rights are governed by a system of riparian rights, which allocates rights based on property ownership adjacent to a body of water.
Depending on the situation and demands of a project a developer may seek water from a lease-holder, a municipality, or a permanent water right. Water rights are typically divided into ground water rights and surface water rights.
Water Access & Water Rights Overview Process
19.1 to 19.3 - Will Water Be Required for the Project?
The project may require water for such activities as dust suppression, site construction, well development, well operations, injection, etc.
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