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MURRAY, Utah -- The state engineer is taking care of some
old business, like Al Quist's request 27 years ago to drill a well.
Quist just got word that his application has been denied.
``The letter came just the other day,'' Quist said. ``We would
have been hurting if we had been waiting for that.''
Quist's problem in 1976 was that he had a broken water line and it
was the middle of winter.
He thought it might be cheaper to drill a 500-feet well for
household use and to irrigate his 1.75 acres in Murray.
However, when he found out how much the well was going to cost, he
opted to replace the line, though he had to wait until spring when
the ground had thawed.
Meanwhile, his application remained on file with the state.
Quist's application had prompted a protest by Murray and there was a
July 1977 hearing that he never attended, having already put in his
State Engineer Jerry Olds said another 200 applicants likely will
get similar denials because of a recent groundwater management plan
that says there's no more water in Salt Lake Valley to be handed out.
With the new groundwater management plan, old applications that
had been set aside for one reason or another are being resurrected
and rejected, he said.
``It's not like we lost the file and just found it.''
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