WATER RIGHTS


A water right is authorization to use water in a prescribed manner, not to own the water itself. Without diversion and beneficial use , there is no water right.

How Do I Get a Water Right?

You May Already Have One!

If you are currently diverting the public waters of the state and putting the water to beneficial use, you may already have a valid water right. You may have acquired a valid water right along with your land if:

  • water was used on your property before you acquired it,
  • the person you acquired the property from did not "reserve" the water right in the deed conveying the property to you,
  • and the water right has not been forfeited due to five or more years of non-use.

    Idaho Department of Water Resources maintains records of water right permits, licenses, and decrees.
    Water right records are available for public inspection.


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