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Is Kansas System on Water Rights the Right Way to Go?

Some say 'use it or lose it' provision discourages what we need most: conservation

Kansas Water Appropriations Act is 65 years old. It requires all users of water, other than domestic households, to have a "water right" that specifies how much water is being used and verify that it is being used for a "beneficial purpose."

It also requires that the rights holder use the water to which he is entitled every year. Water rights holders who do not use their allocation for five consecutive years lose their right to ever use the water.

Does a requirement like this provide a dis-incentive for conservation? Would you be more likely to turn off the pumps if there was no risk of not being able to access the water next year or the year after?

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