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Town Hall Meeting Discusses Domestic Well Rights

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Hundreds of Washoe County residents showed up to a town hall meeting in Washoe Valley on Wednesday night to voice concerns after a legislative sub-committee proposed the idea of monitoring or restricting the amount of water that's allowed in a new domestic well.

Residents at the meeting were assured that people who currently have a right for a domestic well will not be affected, and that the legislation being considered is for areas with severely over-appropriated basins, particularly in Pahrump and Diamond Valley in eastern Nevada.

Senator Ben Kieckhefer with the Nevada Legislature says legislation would limit new homeowners to half an acre foot, rather than two acre feet.

There is also pending discussion over whether the new wells would have to be monitored.

Senator Kieckhefer said, "What's important for people here to know is that they'd face neither monitoring, nor restriction in their water below their current allowable use of two acre feet."

It's important to note that this is all legislation that still needs to be discussed by the legislature in 2017.

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