Friday, September 24, 2010
So, You Want A New Water Right..
Most don't realize how restrictive this new-development regulation is, but with a typical quarter section pivot system needing about 200 acrefeet of water per year, it approaches the severity of 2-mile well spacing from any other high capacity well.
These regulations have been in effect since the mid-1980s, so not much new water has been appropriated since then. In reality, we have experienced a net reduction in total water appropriated since then - but not by hugely significant numbers. And with the current water use reduction programs on-going, we'll be reducing our withdrawals even more over the next 3 years. Again, we're not halving our water use, but it's clearly peaked and is headed the other way now.
It pains me to read the headlines that the rate of groundwater mining is increasing worldwide, and while it may be doing so on a global scale, I'm happy to report that this is NOT the case in our part of the world.