CALIFORNIAN WATER COMPANIES ENJOINED.
A San Bernardino, Cal., dispatch of August 30 states that all the Riverside water companies and twelve private individuals will be enjoined from pumping water out of the Santa Ana river, if a suit just filed in the United States Circuit court at Los Angeles by the Santa Ana Development company, composed of Orange county ranchers, is successful. The Orange county people, who for the past fifty years have relied upon the surface-flow of the Santa Ana river, have found their supply gradually decreasing as the number of wells put down by the Riverside companies increased. Engineers have been investigating the matter for a year or two. An amicable settlement was undertaken; but no common ground could be agreed upon, and so the matter has been passed up to the courts. The plaintiffs do not oppose defendants’ right to divert a certain portion of the flowing water, but challenge the right of defendants to operate pumping plants in the bed of the river. This is practically the same con t.ntion made by the San Bernardino Valley Water Protective association in the action brought against the Riverside Water company. In that case Judge Bennett non-suited the plaintiffs, and the case is now before the Supreme court on appeal. The suit by the Santa Ana farmers means much for the users of water in San Bernardino valley for their success will necessarily be also everybody’s gain.
Russellville, Ark., has begun suits tinder the act passed at the last general assembly providing for a waterworks plant for the city. Under the act an assessment was levied, and some parties refused to pay, and the suits are to force the collections.