NIBLEY – The City Council approved the purchase of 24 acre-feet of water rights at the Dec. 2 meeting. The water will be used for irrigation of city parks, allowing citizens more utility from the water already owned by the city.”Negotiations had been going on for about three months, but it just seemed to work out that the owner, Morley Cox, wanted to sell it by the end of the year,” said City Manager Larry Anhder. “This acquisition will save an awful lot of water for the city.”The council approved the purchase 4-1, with Councilman Scott Larsen dissenting, and will move forward with plans to integrate the acquisition into the city’s water supply. Owning the water rights instead of shares will allow the city to transfer water where it is needed without utilizing a third-party irrigation company, according to Anhder.Water rights in Utah follow other western states that are regulated by the doctrine of prior appropriation. This principle establishes priority for those entitled to water use by the earliest date of “continued beneficial use.” Purchase of the water rights will give Nibley city premier priority.
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