ORS 552.305¹
Powers of districts generally

A water improvement district has full power to carry out the objects of its creation and to that end may:

(1) Have and use a seal.

(2) Have perpetual succession.

(3) Sue and be sued in its own name.

(4) Acquire by condemnation, purchase, devise, gift or voluntary grant real and personal property or any interest therein, located inside or outside of the boundaries of the district, and take, hold, possess and dispose of real and personal property purchased from, or donated by, the United States, or any state, territory, public body as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined) or person for the purpose of aiding in the objects of the district.

(5) Enter into intergovernmental agreements under ORS chapter 190 for the construction, preservation, improvement, operation or maintenance of any works.

(6) Build, construct, purchase, improve, operate and maintain, subject to other applicable provisions of law, all works necessary or desirable under any engineering plan adopted by the district.

(7) Enter into contracts and employ agents, engineers and attorneys.

(8) Appropriate and acquire water and water rights and sell, lease and deliver water for irrigation and other purposes both inside and outside the district.

(9) Do such other acts or things as may be necessary for the proper exercise of the powers granted to make the greatest beneficial use of the waters of the district. [1969 c.606 §14; 2003 c.802 §136]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 552—Water Improvement Districts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors552.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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