AGENCY: Department of Natural Resources. Division of Water Rights

SERIES: 82685
TITLE: Lapsed water users claim files
DATES: 1987-

DESCRIPTION: These are water rights and water rights applications that have lapsed due to the failure of the applicant or right holder to perform all required actions. In the case of a right holder, the water rights lapse if the water has not been used for five years (UCA 73-1-4); with applicants it occurs if they fail to follow all of the steps in the application process (UCA 73-3-18). These files include application to appropriate water, certificate of permanent change of point of diversion, place, purpose or period of use of water, water user claim, application to segregate water, request for extension of time, deed of water rights, underground water claim, proof of resumption of use of water, application for extension of time within which to resume use of water, notice to water users advertisement, application for temporary change of point of diversion, place or purpose of use, application to renovate or replace an existing well, permit application to alter a natural channel, statement of water user's claim to diligence rights, and segregation and permanent change. Information includes the name and address of the applicant, the water source, the drainage area, the nature and period of use, the location of the point of diversion, the quantity of water, the place of use, a description of any well, and a record of any change of ownership.


Retain for 10 year(s)




Retention and disposition for this series were specifically approved by the State Records Committee.

APPROVED: 06/1987


Paper: Retain in Office for 1 year and then microfilm and destroy provided microfilm has passed inspection.

Microfiche master: Retain in Office for 10 years and then destroy.

Microfilm master: Retain in State Archives permanently with authority to weed.



Because of the way the law is written, a record of the lapsed files must be kept. UCA 73-3-18 states that if the lapse was due to a mistake on the state engineer's part, the original priority date will be reinstated. However, any such mistake will be discovered within ten years. After that time, there is no further need for this record. Note that this file contains records that are not kept anywhere else. Previous decision: 67-30: microfilm/public.