SRP leads Verde ‘water certainty’ initiative

Verde Ditch company landowners first to receive water-use summaries

VERDE VALLEY – The Salt River Project (SRP) will begin sending information and providing technical assistance to landowners served by the Verde Ditch Company in late May as part of SRP’s ongoing effort to spearhead “water certainty,” according to a news release.

The SRP release stated that the Verde Ditch diverts water for irrigation purposes from the Verde River, serving more than 540 parcels from residential to agriculture for nearly 18 miles.

More than 85 percent of the landowners on the Verde Ditch are expected to find their historic water use is validated by historic records and recent mapping work by SRP, according to the release.

“As the largest ditch system in the Verde Valley, we believe the historic records will be beneficial to Verde Ditch landowners who want to confirm and document their historic water use,” said Greg Kornrumph, manager of SRP rights.

Over the next several months, the release stated, Verde Ditch landowners with validated historic water use will receive a letter that includes a water-use summary and invitation from SRP to discuss the water use on their property.

Evidence of historic water use can be documented by maps, surveys, and photography, said SRP.

After reviewing the documentation, landowners will have the opportunity to execute a simple two-page agreement with SRP confirming historic water use, stated the release.

The notarized agreement will then be recorded with Yavapai County, and run with the land title, eliminating future conflict regarding the extent of historic water use as agreed to by SRP and the landowner.

“We believe this process will provide economic benefit in current and future real estate transactions,” said Kornrumph.

“Through this ongoing effort, local landowners and SRP can help protect the flow of the Verde River to provide a secure water future.”

The Salt River Project is a community-based, not-for-profit power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than one million customers, according to the release.

“SRP is also the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annual to municipal, urban, and agricultural water users,” the release continued.

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pjmollick 1 year, 9 months ago

Anybody that signs this agreement with SRP should have it reviewed first by a competent water law attorney to possibly see what rights or advantages you are gaining or losing. Preferably use an attorney that has not directly or indirectly represented or sided with SRP on other water related issues to avoid a conflict of interest. The few hundred dollars you may spend on the attorney may save you that many times over down the road. There is a reason SRP wants to discuss the water use on your property and possibly document it. Find out what that reason is with the opinion of an attorney.