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Conditional right

A conditional water right is a legal right that holds a place in line for a planned water project this is not yet complete. Conditional rights are granted to provide the time to get a water diversion or storage project planned and constructed without losing the priority date of when the project was originally conceived. Evidence that plans to develop the project are still moving forward must be proven to a water court judge every six years in an act called "diligence" to keep the conditional water right on the books and preserve its place in line among other water appropriators.

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