water right


: a right to the use of water (as for irrigation)
especially : riparian right

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Utah lawmakers have proposed a variety of solutions to help the lake, from secondary water metering to water right leases to a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Dec. 2022 California’s offer represents about 9% of the state’s normal share of the Colorado, compared with the 21% that Arizona will give up next year because of the Central Arizona Project junior water right. Brandon Loomis, AZCentral.com, 20 Nov. 2022 And in periods of drought, junior water right holders sometimes don’t get to divert any water at all. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 The governor’s current suspension only applies to new water right applications and does not interfere with existing ones. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Or split-season leases in which a farmer uses a water right to get a cutting or two of hay, then sells the remaining water back to state regulators, who use it to bolster stream flows and, potentially, raise the Great Salt Lake. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 Antiquated state laws mean the amount of water that a water right gives someone access to can be decreased if not fully used. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 In the 1960s Arizona accepted a lower-priority water right as the price for congressional approval to build the Central Arizona Project. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2022 If plants don't receive that amount from rainfall, supplement by delivering water right to the root zone with a hose or drip line. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water right was in 1793

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“Water right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20right. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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