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Most water uses in Washington State require a water right. If you live in or near a city, chances are you get your water through the water rights held by your municipal water system or public utility district but a change in how a water right is used, or acquiring a new water right for typical uses like a supply for multiple households, irrigation or commercial use, requires an application to the Department of Ecology.
Currently state taxpayers pay for more than 98 percent of the cost of processing water right applications with the cost of processing averaging about $10,000 per application.
>> Learn more about Water Rights in Washington
>> Learn more about General Fund budget cuts reduce processing of water right applications statewide
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