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Domestic Wells


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.

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2008, updated 2013 by Sarah Armstrong. Contributors: Consuelo Bokum, Steve Hernandez, Susan Kelly, and Kari Olsen.



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