The Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program maintains for the State of Washington various documents and records related to existing or requested water rights
and water claims. Existing water rights include Certificates and Permits; a Certificate is a water right that has been perfected whereas a
Permit is an authorization from the State for water use that has not been perfected as yet. An Application is a request for water use that
has not as yet been authorized and Claims are documents submitted to the State during past Claims Registries authorized by the legislature.
Portions of the information contained within these documents have been put into the Water Right Tracking System (WRTS) database. The spatial
components (place of water use and the source location) of these documents have been put into the Geographic Water-right Information System (GWIS)
database. Please read the following section describing the legalities concerning the use of this information.
Water Right Data, Application Data, Claim Data, and Document Images released from the Department of Ecology are provided on an “AS IS” basis, without warranty of any kind.
The data and/or image(s) may not be accurate, complete, legible, or otherwise reliable.
Ecology disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties or fitness for a particular purpose.
In no event will Ecology be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary
damages or loss resulting from any use or misuse of these data and/or images.
Ecology makes no guarantee that this information is accurate, and it should not be relied on as such.
The user of this information assumes the entire risk that the data and/or images may be inaccurate, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unreliable.
The water right, application, and claim information provided on the "Map Search Results" page(s) is taken from WRTS. Although the Water Resources Program seeks to ensure
that the data entered is correct, there may be data entry errors. The reproduction of the documents in image format is in many cases available
and that information takes precedence over the tabular data found on the "Map Search Results" page(s).
Keying the information into the databases also impacts accuracy. We have tried to maintain a high level of accuracy when keying in the data, but data quality improvement
projects continue today.
Some loss of information can occur from scanning a document. Poorly scanned documents can be rescanned from the original paper, but in some cases, the legibility of the
original paper may be poor.
Water source locations (wells, groundwater collectors, pumps, headworks, etc.) are only as accurate as they are described on the original documents. Most source locations
are based on a metes and bounds description found on the water right document. However, in some cases the source location is only described to
the nearest section, quarter section, or quarter-quarter section.
Please take notice that state law prohibits the use of private citizen names and addresses, obtained from a state database, for any solicitation/commercial purpose.
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