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1[usually plural] The right to make use of the water from a stream, lake, or irrigation canal.
- ‘Only when contending water users resorted to litigation would a judge file an adjudicated water right, one formally fixed by court decree and recorded in the county courthouse where the suit was decided.’
- ‘Water storages in the region are critically low, and general security irrigators on the Murray system have been allocated zero per cent of their water right.’
- ‘It will rethink the whole process whereby the farms have always had the security of a water right - until the Government came along, and said that it will turn that on its head.’
- ‘All this reform has led irrigators to question whether they actually own the water right at all.’
- ‘Extraordinarily, governments still have to define what a water right or entitlement really is.’
- ‘The other valley water users mounted a concerted attempt to challenge his original water right, hoping to unhinge government control of the river.’
- ‘In December, he actually relinquished his water right so the federal government could take over the project.’
The right to navigate on particular waters.
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