September 5, 2023

Grandfathered Rights Online Applications Now Available Through Arizona Department of Water Resources

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is now accepting applications online for Grandfathered Rights of the Douglas Active Management Area (DAMA) and Irrigation Authorities in the Hualapai Valley Irrigation Non-Expansion Area (HVINA).

On Dec. 1, 2022, the Douglas Groundwater Basin was designated a subsequent active management area, so only those lands that were legally irrigated in the five years preceding that date (Aug. 30, 2022) may be irrigated within the basin. The deadline to fill out an application (online or downloaded and printed) for Irrigation Grandfathered Rights, Type 1 Non-Irrigation Rights and Type 2 Non-Irrigation Rights must be submitted by March 1, 2024. The application information is on the ADWR website here.

The Hualapai Valley INA (Irrigation Non-Expansion Area) was established on Dec. 19, 2022. According to the ADWR, “irrigation users may irrigate only those acres of land within the Proposed INA which were irrigated at any time during the five years preceding the first date of publication of this notice (Oct. 12, 2022).” Applications for the HVINA should be completed prior to the submission deadline for annual water use reports, which is March 31, 2024. The application can be found here.

The ADWR provides support for completing these documents during online office hours on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Visit their calendar here to receive more information or call their customer service line at 602-771-8585 or email