Utah Water Law


Southern Utah Water Rights Attorney

“Are you concerned about losing your water rights?  If you own underground or surface water rights in the Virgin River drainage area (Washington County, Iron County and Kane County), you need to be especially diligent to protect your water rights. Recently, the State of Utah, through the Utah State Engineer reinstated legal proceedings regarding what’s called a general adjudication on the Virgin River. It involves what’s called a proposed determination. They are sending letters through the mail asking that owners of water rights participate in this process.        Ben Ruesch is a water law attorney with Ruesch & Reeve PLLC and can assist you with this process.”Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of this much specified legal service. Working closely with local and state governments we will find a resolution to your water rights issues. We provide water rights consultations, representation in water rights disputes, assistance with adjudications, preparation of change applications and other permits, preparation of non-use applications, assistance with water rights purchase transactions, and assistance with water quality issues.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Perform due diligence on water right purchases
  • Prepare water right inventories and evaluations
  • Prepare, file, and prosecute change applications, nonuse applications, and other applications with the Utah Division of Water Rights
  • Draft, revise, and amend Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations for irrigation companies, canal companies, ditch companies, and private culinary water companies
  • File and prosecute rate increases with the Utah Division of Public Utilities and Utah Public Service Commission
  • Research water right title issues and update title with the Utah Division of Water Rights
  • Prepare and prosecute protests to applications filed with the Utah Division of Water Rights
  • Assist water companies in acquiring approvals, funding, and easements for water improvement projects

I can’t tell you what a privilege it was for me to be represented by Ruesch and Reeve. If you are in a position like I was I can’t express to you how truly fortinate I am to have chosen the best. From there professionalism and quality of work. There was never a time I felt I couldn’t get ahold of or the right answer to my problem from Nathan and Ashley and the whole staff at Ruesch and Reeve where awesome! Keeping me up to date and ready makes all the difference when your dealing with some of the most stressful situations in life. Thanks to them I was able to keep mine and couldn’t be happier!! THANK YOU!! 

Aaron Kravetz

Ben has come to our rescue over the past several years with real estate issues and trust and will concerns. Ben is knowledgable and personable. We enjoy the friendly staff and the feeling they are truly concerned about us.

Launa Butler

Listen… these guys know how to take care of customers and get the job done. Attorneys are a dime a dozen… one that gets results and actually cares about their customers are few and far between… these guys are one of the few!

Colton Lindsay

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