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  • What services does the District offer?
  • What is a safe yield?
  • What should I know about water meters?
  • What are my responsibilities as a water permit/right holder?
  • Show me a basic example of a well and meter setup
  • Well Plugging Information

The District offers a variety of services to District Members including the following list

All Groundwater related application assistance
Water use reporting assistance
Well plugging assistance
Water quality monitoring
Current and Historical Water level measurement records
Preliminary Safe yield analyses
Preliminary Spacing analyses
Water level change maps
Waste of water investigations
Groundwater quality investigations
Water permit history investigations
Permit status investigations
Permit owner changes
Meter services and repairs
Meter tube orders
Verified claim assistance
Water permit consultations
Water quality mapping
Water level mapping
Open records requests


The District Can help you with any water right related service.

Is water available for appropriation in my area? Apply for a Safe Yield and find out.

A safe yield evaluation is a preliminary 'no guarantees' evaluation to see if there is legally water available for a water permit.

limit one request per week. Safe Yields are free to District members.

Safe yield results can change unexpectedly at a moments notice.

You can submit a safe yield request via email, phone, or in person.
Be sure to include the Section, Township, Range, and property owner of where you are interested.

Email a Request

Please read the following Basic water meter requirements.

It is not intended to restrict water meters furnished under these specifications to any particular style, configuration, or manufacturer; however, meters of all types shall meet District approval and the following requirements:

Registration Accuracy -The water meter shall be calibrated at the factory and shall be certified to register not less than 98 percent nor more than 102 percent of the actual volume of water passing the meter. This requirement shall be met throughout the meter's normal operating range.

Meter Body, Register and Indicator - The water meter shall be designed and constructed to: * maintain the required accuracy; * be protected by a tamperproof manufacturer's seal; * clearly indicate the direction of water flow; * clearly indicate the serial number of the water meter; * have a weatherproof register that is sealed from all water sources; * have a register that is readable at all times; * be able to be sealed by an authorized representative of the Chief Engineer to prevent tampering or removal of the meter; * be equipped with a manufacturer approved measuring chamber or tube through which all water flows: * be equipped with flow straightening vanes, installed at the upstream throat of the water meter chamber or tube; * be equipped with an inspection port if the straightening vanes are not designed, constructed and installed by the manufacturer; * remain operable without need for recalibration to maintain accuracy throughout the meter life; * have a totalizer that: - is continuously updated to read directly in acre-feet, acre-inches or gallons - has sufficient capacity, without cycling past zero more than once each year; - reads in units to discriminate annual water use to within the nearest 0.1 percent of the total annual permitted quantity; - has a direct read dial or a counter that can be timed to accurately determine the rate of flow; and - has a nonvolatile memory.


The meter shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and in such a manner to insure full pipe flow and normal operating flow range at all times while water is being pumped. The meter shall be installed at a location that will measure all water diverted from the source of supply.

The meter shall be placed in the line with a minimum of 5 pipe diameters of straight pipe without flow obstructions upstream of the meter sensor and at least 2 pipe diameters of straight pipe without flow obstructions downstream of the meter sensor.

Where manufacturer's specifications are most stringent, they shall govern. Important Note: Some meter manufacturers require more than 5 pipe diameters of upstream-unobstructed straight pipe, and may require additional unobstructed downstream straight pipe.

For additional information on specific manufacturer's installation requirements, contact the Equus Beds Groundwater Management District.

Please contact District staff if you have any additional questions about water meters.

You are responsible for the upkeep of your own meter if you are the Landowner.

The water user must: a) select the proper size, pressure rating, water meter style, and meter operating range to fit the installation; b) properly install the water meter in accordance with the District's requirements and the manufacturer's instructions; c) maintain the water meter in an operating condition at all times during diversion of water; and d) ensure the water meter measures the total discharge from the well and does not measure any other discharge.

District Members are eligible to have meters serviced and repaired at our office.
Please call for more information.


Example of a typical Meter Installation.

There must be an unobstructed straight run of pipe upstream of the meter propeller sufficient for turbulent water to settle down to smoother flowing conditions. Any exaggerated jetting action or adverse flow restrictions upstream may need additional unobstructed straight run for proper meter operation. Flow straightening vanes are installed directly in front of the meter propeller in the required manufacturer's measuring chamber or tube (see figure 1).

Minimum Installation Requirements:

Installations in non-jetting flow conditions after pump discharges, pipe bends, heat exchangers and other non-jetting flow mechanisms, require a minimum of 5 pipe diameters of unobstructed straight pipe upstream of the front of the meter propeller.

Installations in jetting flow conditions after check valves, pressure regulating valves, pipe restrictions and other jetting flow mechanisms, require a minimum of pipe diameters of unobstructed straight pipe upstream of the meter propeller. However, it is strongly recommended that the meter be installed with a minimum of 10 or more pipe diameters of unobstructed straight pipe upstream of the meter propeller to ensure accurate meter operation and to prevent meter damage. There must be a minimum of pipe diameter of unobstructed straight pipe downstream of the back of the meter register head