OAR 690-022-0030
Applicability and Preference

During the effective period of a drought declaration under ORS 536.740 (Governor’s authority to declare drought) in Klamath County, and notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Commission grants a temporary preference for human consumption and/or stock watering as follows:


The preference described in these rules applies only to the diversion or use of water within Klamath County.


Uses of water for human consumption and stock watering, to the extent authorized under a water right certificate, permit, decree, or findings of fact and order of determination issued in an adjudication subject to ORS Chapter 539 (Determination of Water Rights Initiated Before February 24, 1909), are granted a preference over all other water uses regardless of the priority date of the water right for stock watering or human consumption.


The Department will regulate water rights in Klamath County in accordance with the preference for water rights for human consumption and stock watering use as provided in subsection (2) of this section.


Water right holders exercising the human consumption or stock water preferences established in this rule shall assure curtailment of water uses unrelated to the preference.


This preference does not authorize a water right holder exercising the preference to make a call for water.


The option for a water right holder to exercise the preference only applies to a water right holder being regulated by the watermaster in order to satisfy a senior water right.

Source: Rule 690-022-0030 — Applicability and Preference, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=690-022-0030.

Last Updated

Jun. 24, 2021

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