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The Board of Delta County Commissioners reminds water users and ditch owners of the legal requirements, according to state statutes:

Maintenance of Embankments and Tail Ditch. C.R.S. 37-84-101. The owners of any ditch for irrigation or other purposes shall carefully maintain the embankments thereof so that the waters of such ditch may not flood or damage the premises of others, and shall make a tail ditch so as to return the water in such ditch with as little waste as possible into the stream from which it was taken.

Owner of Ditch Must Prevent Waste. C.R.S. 37-84-107. The owner of any irrigating or mill ditch shall carefully maintain and keep the embankments thereof in good repair and prevent the water from wasting.

Running Excess of Water Forbidden. C.R.S. 37-84-108. During the summer season it shall not be lawful for any person to run through his irrigating ditch any greater quantity of water than is absolutely necessary for irrigating his land, and for domestic and stock purposes, it being the intent and meaning of this section to prevent the wasting and useless discharge and running away of water.

Shall Keep Ditch in Repair. C.R.S. 7-42-108. Every ditch corporation organized under the provisions of law shall be required to keep its ditch in good condition so that the water shall not be allowed to escape from the same to the injury of any mining claim, road, ditch or other property. If it is necessary to convey any ditch over, across, or above any lode or mining claim or to keep the water so conveyed therefore, the corporation, if necessary to keep the water of the ditch out or from any claim, shall flume the ditch so far as necessary to protect the claim or property from the water of said ditch.

The Board of County Commissioners of Delta County requests that all water owners and users and ditch owners and users comply with these Colorado statutes.

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