Non-Use Agreements, or 'water banking,' protects any UNUSED portion of water rights from relinquishment.
Washington water law dictates that a water right or portion of a right not beneficially used over a five-year span is subject to relinquishment, or permanent loss. This "use it or lose it" policy is typical of Western water law and often results in unnecessary wasting of water.
The Partnership Water Bank's non-use agreements protect water rights from relinquishment during times when they are not being put to beneficial use, freeing water rights holders to use their water rationally. Water Banking agreements are also straightforward, flexible, and convenient. Applying for the bank, adjusting amounts, and removing water are easy, and under the control of the participant.
Click here for an Annual Report Form for current water bankers
Please contact Partnership Staff with more information and guidance on banking water with our flexible Non-Use Agreements.