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Relinquishment of right for abandonment or failure to beneficially use without sufficient causePrior rights acquired through appropriation, custom or general adjudication.

Any person entitled to divert or withdraw waters of the state through any appropriation authorized by enactments of the legislature prior to enactment of chapter 117, Laws of 1917, or by custom, or by general adjudication, who abandons the same, or who voluntarily fails, without sufficient cause, to beneficially use all or any part of said right to divert or withdraw for any period of five successive years after July 1, 1967, shall relinquish such right or portion thereof, and said right or portion thereof shall revert to the state, and the waters affected by said right shall become available for appropriation in accordance with RCW 90.03.250.


Effective dateSeverability1979 ex.s. c 216: See notes following RCW 90.03.245.
Effective date1967 c 233: See RCW 90.14.900.
Application to Yakima river basin trust water rights: RCW 90.38.040.
Implementation and enforcement of chapterProceedings under RCW 90.14.130 deemed adjudicativeApplication of RCW sections to specific proceedings: RCW 90.14.200.
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