Our Domestic Water System
Our Irrigation System
Finances and Budget
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find answers to many questions that
pertain to your water systems.
Q: As a Vista Vue landowner, do I have a water right?
No. The surface water diversion certificate - the water right - is held by the
Association. You have a privilege to use irrigation water subject to conditions,
e.g. paying your water use fees on time, and not exceeding your allowance of
8.47 gpm/acre. You are allocated a certain quantity of water that is based
generally on the size of your parcel, excluding steep slopes. It is your
responsibility to protect the Association's water right by using your full
allocation each year. "Use it or lose it," is the operative phrase here. If
you do not irrigate for "beneficial use" for five consecutive years your "share"
of the water right is "relinquished" and reverts to the State of Washington.
Q: If I don't choose to irrigate is there a way for me to avoid
A: Yes, by permitting the Association to lease
all or part of your share of the water to another user, as we now do to Aston
Estates. Leasing water to another user for "benefical use" is considered a
beneficial use of your share of the water and therefore protects the
Association's right while you are not irrigating your land.
Amendment adopted in 2016 makes it mandatory to either use your full allocation
of water every year, or permit the Association to lease it.
Q: Is the water withdrawal of 8.47 gpm/acre defined as the maximum
allowed withdrawal RATE at any instant in time, or can the rate vary as long as
the TOTAL withdrawal over a fixed period of time (week, month, season, year?)
averages 8.47 gpm/acre? In other words, if I "overdraw" one day, can I "pay it
back" the next?
A: The permitted water withdrawal is 8.47 gpm/ac at any instant in time
and is the maximum allowable rate of withdrawal. Once it's gone, it's
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further information contact: Stu Skidmore, President; Mike Stenberg, Vice President;
Gary Carlton, Secretary; or, Tracy Oestreich, Trustee;
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