Cost reimbursement is a contract between us and a water right applicant. Under this contract, applicants assume the full cost of processing their water right application, with some or all of the work performed by our consultant. Currently, we have eight consulting firms pre-approved to do this work.
An option for water rights applicants
The cost reimbursement option allows a private consultant to do the work that our hydrogeologists and permit writers would ordinarily do. This allows us to work with other applicants on their water right applications.
The consultant conducts a site investigation, performs the environmental and hydrogeologic analyses, identifies whether water is available or would impair other water users, prepares a report with his or her findings, and recommends whether to approve the application. We make the final decision on the application.