Re: Any experience with Irrigation Districts? - Posted by BTI
Posted by BTI on July 25, 2007 at 08:51:12:
Listen to Mark, do a little research on the Irrigation District. Depending on the district and how it is set up you can sell your rights, either that or use your share of the water to keep your driveway and street very clean.
I bought one place where the individual properties owned shares, when the district was set up it was farm area, but the part close to town was now houses.
Downstream was now still orchards and farms and many of those owners needed more water (water use was metered) to expand their operations and were looking for shares to buy they just didn’t know of any for sale, made money and got rid of a annual expense.
In another district the users at the end were using the shares of water belonging to the people upstream that weren’t using it and the the people upstream got an attorney and a settlement for the value of their water that was being swiped.
Just saying do a little research, water rights law is a very complex area of law. I was going to develop an area once but it needed a steady supply of water. I found that water 20 miles away, and discovered under state law, land owners between my land and the water supply had to allow me to lay pipes across their land if I started my own legal water company.
Never had to do it because the local water company that wasn’t servicing the area decided to add the area to their service area, so I let the idea drop which later I realized was a mistake because there was so much more adjacent land that I’m sure I could have acquired and developed, or at least could have ended up owning a profitable water company, and the time was right for the area to blossom with tons of expensive homes.
Point is someone, somewhere, probably wants that water, or is using your water, and should pay for it. I doubt the rules allow anyone to use as much water as they want, or the people at the end of the canal would have been lucky to get a trickle in the early years, check it out.