How do I change my address on the Division of Water Right Records?
Click here to view instructions for changing your address with the Division of Water Rights. more...
How can I sign up to receive email notifications for water rights?
Click here to view the complete instructions for receiving notifications. more...
I want to build a house and need a well. What do I need to do?
You must have a water right to divert and use water in the State of Utah. Water well drillers are licensed and cannot drill a well unless permission to drill has been obtained from the State Engineer. more...
I understand I need to buy a water right. How do I go about it?
Water rights are classified as “real property” in the state of Utah and are bought and sold much like real estate. Many real estate agencies will have listings for water rights much as they do for properties. more...
How do I know if a water right I’m thinking about buying is a “good one”?
Some issues you should be particularly aware of when persuing the purchase of a water right are verification of ownership and water use. more...

Current Issues
Public Meeting - Proposed Determination Midway - Area 55 Bk 10 more...
Cedar City Valley Public Meeting comment deadline extended to Feb. 28, 2020 more...
Public Meeting re: Initiation of a Distribution Plan for the Jordan River more...
Kent Jones, State Engineer - Announces Retirement more...
Public Meeting - Unclaimed Rights within Moab South - Area 05 Book 5 more...
Affidavit of Beneficial Use Wizard Now Available for the Public to Use more...
State Engineer Appointed
Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed
Teresa Wilhelmsen, P.E., as State Engineer and
Director of the Utah Division of Water Rights.

Boyd Clayton will continue to serve as Interim State Engineer until the State Senate confirms Wilhelmsen's appointment.

Welcome to the Division of Water Rights

The Utah Division of Water Rights (DWRi) is an agency of Utah State Government within the Department of Natural Resources that administers the appropriation and distribution of the State's valuable water resources.

The mission of the Division of Water Rights is to provide
order and certainty in the beneficial use of Utah's water.
Groundwater Management in Cedar City Valley, Iron County
A draft groundwater management plan and a draft policy
were presented at a public meeting on Oct. 15, 2019
for Cedar City Valley, Iron County.

The deadline for receiving written comments has
been extended to February 28, 2020.

Click here for the draft plan, the draft policy
and additional information.

Office Hours
The Division of Water Rights office hours are from
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Our office is closed for Federal and State holidays.

We encourage appointments to avoid delay if you are coming to our offices for assistance.
Please use the "Contact" link below to make arrangements.


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