Right to Use Water of Arid Regions
A very important question of interest to all cities whose water supply is taken from rivers which traverse the arid regions of this country is dealt with clearly in an article on page 840 of this week’s issue. This is the right of such cities to their water supply when the taking of it from the river may reduce the supply needed for irrigation or commercial purposes in such regions. In inverse ratio, the legal right of the dwellers in these arid regions to appropriate water from streams passing their lands which may. reduce the supply of cities further down stream is treated.
Certain principles of law enter into these questions which are not found in the sections more abundantly blessed with water, and the article in question deals with this phase of the matter in a clear and interesting way, that will throw considerable light on a knotty legal problem.