Ground Water Canada

ASCE updates standard on water allocation processes

October 18, 2018  By Ground Water Canada

Reston, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers’ updated standard that provides a comprehensive statutory scheme for creating or refining a regulated riparian system of water law.

The riparian system of water law uses a requirement of administrative permits for larger water uses, issued based on the well-established principles of riparian rights, to balance and co-ordinate those uses in times where demand is approaching or outstripping the available water.

Regulated Riparian Model Water Code (ASCE/EWRI 40-18) addresses allocation of water for particular uses and co-ordination of water allocation processes with water quality regulatory processes.


It was prepared by the Water Regulatory Standards Committee of the Standards Development Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The standard covers declaration of policy; basic definition for the code; waters subject to allocation and those waters exempt from allocation; general administration authority, planning responsibilities, and co-ordination with other branches of government; enforcement and dispute resolution; establishing a water right, including the requirements of a permit and permit procedures; scope of the water right, including modifications and restriction during shortages; multijurisdictional
transfers; and water conservation and supply augmentation.

Engineers, attorneys, and government officials can use this as a guide for the allocation of water rights among competing interests and the resolution of quantitative conflicts over water.

The 122-page book published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide.

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