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  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )


  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 3. Private and Mutual Water Service Law [2725 - 2729]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72. )


As used in this chapter, “mutual water company” means any private corporation or association organized for the purposes of delivering water to its stockholders and members at cost, including use of works for conserving, treating and reclaiming water.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 200.)


As used in this chapter, “private irrigation plant” means a water system which is not operated by a mutual water company or by a public utility as defined in Part 1 (commencing with Section 201) or in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 2701).

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 144, Sec. 169.)


In order to increase the output of agricultural products in this State during the time the United States is a party to war or to a state of war, the owner of any private irrigation plant may deliver water to others, or any mutual water company may deliver water to others than its stockholders or members, with or without compensation, without becoming a public utility subject to the jurisdiction of the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


The delivery of water pursuant to Section 2727 is subject to the following restrictions:

(a) Until a mutual water company fills the water orders of its stockholders or members pursuant to its constitution, bylaws, or rules, it shall not deliver water to others.

(b) The temporary service authorized by Section 2727 shall not continue for more than six months after the war need has ceased.

(c) Before any temporary service of water is made a statement shall be filed with the commission stating the private irrigation plant or mutual water company rendering the service, the party receiving it, the land irrigated, and the rate, if any, charged for the service.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 72.)


A mutual water company may exercise the power of eminent domain for water, water rights, canals, ditches, dams, poundings, flumes, aqueducts, and pipes for irrigation of lands furnished with water by such company.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1240.)

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