water right


Definition of water right

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

Examples of water right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This concentrates a huge volume of water right up against the house in one spot. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Inspecting Permanent Wood Foundations," 1 Oct. 2020 Thanks to the Water Warriors United team, their family doesn't have to worry about hauling water right now. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "‘We get scared when we're out of water': Team delivers water, tanks across Navajo Nation," 12 Sep. 2020 The rowing club has reopened, though only single boats and same-household doubles are allowed on the water right now. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indy rowing club won national titles in a rower's garage," 20 June 2020 Remember the rule and the reason: put shallow containers with beer or yeast water right outside gardens and containers so as not to attract slugs and snails into the garden. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Think rabbits are plaguing your garden? You’re off by a hare.," 18 June 2020 Since then, government agencies have worked to protect land around the lake and acquired water rights to ensure water levels remained high enough for the species’ survival. oregonlive, "Rare fish, found only in Oregon, removed from endangered species list," 11 June 2020 Outdoor space: The property has water rights to the acequia, or community watercourse, that runs through it, supporting a lush collection of fruit trees and shrubs and a vegetable garden. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$825,000 Homes in New Jersey, New Mexico and Wyoming," 6 May 2020 San Luis Valley leaders say no way, though the developers point out farmers privately have inquired about selling water rights. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Developers seeking water for booming Front Range look to the San Luis Valley, where farmers already face well shut-offs," 16 Sep. 2019 Many water markets that do exist only allow landowners to buy and sell water rights. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of water right

1793, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2020

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“Water right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20right. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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