Chapter 3. Private And Mutual Water Service Law of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 1. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 3.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.