Water Rights

Transfer of Water Rights

Water rights are owned by The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and are allocated to the land. Water rights cannot be sold separately. When land ownership changes, the water stays with the land. Records showing the amount of water allocated to each parcel of land can be viewed at the Mesa County Assessor’s Office and The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District.

OMID does not have water “shares” but water right acres. A water right acre is 8.18 gallons per minute per acre, 24/7 during the irrigation season.