Recently a client came to me to sell a small parcel of land her father had owned for many years. She gave me a deed and a water share document from the local water company and irrigation district.The document showed they owed two shares in the water district and that entitled them to a certain amount of "ditch time" a diversion term for the amount of time you can divert the ditch water from the ditch and onto your property. Turned out the water district was reorganized twenty years ago, notices were sent out to all share holders, improvements were being done fees needed to be paid and new ownership shares were issued to all who responded. Except her father did not respond and knew nothing about this, she owned no shares and no water. Unknowingly, She was going to sell her worthless shares to a new buyer. Another example, an attorney working for an estate calls me to sell 400 acre and almost 1000 acre feet of ground water rights. He is thinking a half million dollars. Turns out the owner died twelve years earlier and has NOT been using his water. Western water law has a "use it or lose it" and the State Engineer had revoked those rights five years earlier for non-use. We could not get them back and the land was nearly useless without the water rights. Even attorneys make mistakes, don't get burned.
How Much Water Do You Need?One square foot is 144 square inches, it takes 43,560 square feet to make-up an acre. One acre foot is 43,560 cubic feet of water or about 325,000 gallons. Your garden, orchard, animals will require about one inch of water per week, so you need four acre feet to get one inch of water per week over your entire acre, year around. Do you know how much 1,300,000 gallons of water for your one acre farm will cost on your current system? Can you even buy this much water from your provider without severe penalties? How secure do you feel? Watering only during the growing season will cut your consumption in half and many will not farm a whole acre.
Do you want fresh food and water security? How do you achieve food and water security? Is your current water source reliable, affordable, and actually available in the amounts you will require for your food and water.
Do you feel secure right now with your ability to have enough water?
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