<strong>Why People With California With Appropriative Water Rights From Before 1914 Have to Apply for a New Permit if They Increase Water Usage</strong>

Why People With California With Appropriative Water Rights From Before 1914 Have to Apply for a New Permit if They Increase Water Usage

Why People With California With Appropriative Water Rights From Before 1914 Have to Apply for a New Permit if They Increase Water Usage 

11/19/22

“Why may people in California have to apply for a new permit if they increase water use from above 1914 levels?”

Before 1914, people could appropriate water uses without a permit. But that year the State passed a law known as The Water Commission Act of 1914 which required people to obtain appropriative water rights through a permit with the State Water Resources and Control Board. People using water before 1914 did not have to get a permit as long as they did not increase their usage. But if they did they would have to file for a permit. This is why Why People With California With Appropriative Water Rights From Before 1914 Have to Apply for a New Permit if They Increase Water Usage.

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