Water is an increasingly limited resource in Washington. If you are looking for a water supply for a project or want to make a change to an existing water right, you may have options.
Note: We recently revised our water right forms. We'll continue to accept the old forms until January 31, 2020. Beginning February 1, 2020, we'll only accept the new forms.
New water rights
Before applying for a water right, we recommend a pre-application consultation with our regional staff. We can advise you on water supply options. Visit our water rights page for more general information on this topic.
Changes to existing water rights
If you are seeking a change to an existing water right, we recommend a pre-application consultation with our regional staff. Changes to water rights can be very complicated. Our staff will be able to advise you on potential impacts from recent court decisions that may affect your ability to change certain attributes of your water right. They will also be able to tell you which records you'll need to include with your application for change, and whether using a water conservancy board may be an option for you.
Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima
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