Contact: James Buice at ude.metsystu@eciubj
Water for Municipalities
After withholding reasonable water reserves for its grazing and mineral lessees,
the University will give first consideration to the present and prospective water
needs of municipalities in the area. Any municipality wishing to enter into
a contract for production of water from University Lands should apply for a water
exploration permit covering the area in which it is interested.
After withholding reasonable water reserves for its grazing and mineral lessees
and giving consideration to the needs of municipalities in the area, the University
will give consideration to industrial water needs when such industrial use will
result in multiple benefits to the University. Industrial use includes water
used in the production of saturated brine, production of potable water for industrial
sales, and potable water used at plant site facilities. A contract negotiated
with University Lands is required to use water for industrial purposes.
Water for Drilling Oil or Gas Wells
A University Lands mineral lessee may use water from the University lands for oil
or gas drilling operations. Arrangements must be made with the Surface Interests
Office and with the Oil, Gas and Mineral Interests Office prior to such water use.
The University will give consideration to requests for water to be used to drill
wells on non-University leases. A contract is required and a negotiated fee
must be paid for University water used to drill wells located off the University
Water for Irrigation
The University will not allow the use of its groundwater for irrigation, but will
consider issuing irrigation leases when the danger of drainage from adjacent non-University
land is apparent.
Water for Highway Construction
The University will give consideration to requests for water to be used in highway
construction. The amount of the payment due to the University shall be negotiated
with regard to the projected duration of construction, the number of water source
wells requested for use, and the anticipated volume of water to be used.
Water for Waterflooding and Secondary Recovery
The University will not allow potable water from the University lands to be used
for waterflooding purposes, but will consider the use of non-potable water for secondary