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Most water rights are obtained in a three-step process. The water user first must apply to the Department for a permit to use water. If a permit is approved, the applicant must construct a water system and begin using water within a certain time frame. After water is applied, the permit holder must hire a certified water right examiner to complete a survey of water use and submit to the Department a map and a report detailing how and where water has been applied. If water has been used according to the provisions of the permit, a water right certificate is issued after evaluation of the report findings.
There are 4 main types of water right permit applications:
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