Washington State’s ‘Water Masters’

WASHINGTON STATE HAS A WATER MASTER Posted first on May 9, 2011 CAPR

As referenced in WA STATE WATER USE LAWS: COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

RCW 90.03.090

WATER MASTER’S POWER OF ARREST

The water master shall have the power, within his or her district, to arrest any person in the act of violating any of the provisions of this chapter and to deliver such person promptly into the custody of the sheriff or other competent officer within the county and immediately upon such delivery the water master making the arrest shall, in writing and upon oath, make complaint before the proper district judge against the person so arrested.

[1987 c 202 § 250; 1917 c 117 § 12; RRS § 7362. Formerly RCW 90.08.030.]

RCW 90.03.040

RCW 90.03.400

Crimes against water code — Unauthorized use of water.

(1)(a) The unauthorized use of water to which another person is entitled or the willful or negligent waste of water to the detriment of another, is a misdemeanor.(b) For instances of the waste of water under this subsection, the department may alternatively follow the sequence of enforcement actions as provided in RCW 90.03.605.

(2) The possession or use of water without legal right shall be prima facie evidence of the guilt of the person using it.

(3) It is also a misdemeanor to use, store, or divert any water until after the issuance of permit to appropriate such water.

[2003 1st sp.s. c 15 § 2; 2003 c 53 § 418; 1917 c 117 § 40; RRS § 7392. Formerly RCW 90.32.010.]

Notes:

Reviser’s note: The effective date of 2003 c 53 § 418 is July 1, 2004. However, 2003 c 53 § 418 was amended by 2003 1st sp.s. c 15 § 2 which has an effective date of September 9, 2003. Consequently, the effective date of this section is September 9, 2003.
Intent — Effective date — 2003 c 53: See notes following RCW 2.48.180.
Punishment of misdemeanor when not fixed by statute: RCW 9.92.030.

Notes:

Intent — 1987 c 202: See note following RCW 2.04.190.
Pearl Rains Hewett

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