The domestic well statutes direct that the State Engineer “shall” issue a permit for certain types of temporary or low volume wells, including wells for household use. For the past fifty-five years, the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) has interpreted this to mean that such permits are granted with no evaluation, public notice, or hearing.
Bossert, Paul and Sarah Armstrong. "Domestic Wells." Water Matters! 2015, 1 (2015): 12-1-12-6. https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/utton_watermatters/vol2015/iss1/17
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