Adjudication is a judicial process to determine the extent and priority of the rights of persons to use water in a river or aquifer system.
Adjudication may or may not result in having a water right that can be sold. Furthermore, the right does not guarantee the presence of surface or ground water on the property. For example, a homeowner has an adjudicated right to the groundwater under their property but the amount of water may decline over time due to the owner’s use or withdrawals by other wells. The adjudication process costs several thousand dollars, requires assistance from a qualified lawyer, takes several months to process and the request is published in a newspaper for potential reactions. If no problems arise, the right is specified in a decree granted by a water court.
No Natural Resource Has Greater Significance For The Future Than Water