If by reason of severe drought or other causes the water supply of any political subdivision is, in the judgment of the chief of the division of soil and water resources, at any time so reduced or impaired as to endanger the property of such political subdivision, or the health, safety, or property of the inhabitants thereof, then the chief, under such regulations as the chief prescribes, may grant to such political subdivision the right, during the continuance of such emergency, to draw or take such quantity of water as is necessary to protect the property of such political subdivision and the health, safety, or property of its inhabitants from any improvement constructed under sections 1523.01 to 1523.13 of the Revised Code, before any of the lessees or grantees of the state using the water for industrial purposes take water therefrom. Such political subdivision shall pay such price per thousand gallons for the water so taken by it as is fixed by the chief and the governor. The price so fixed shall not exceed the maximum price then being paid for water to the state by any of its lessees or grantees. Such grant by the chief to such political subdivision shall not modify the terms or impair the validity of any leases then existing between the state and other persons, firms, or corporations, except as expressly provided in this section.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953