The purpose of this manual is to provide a general guide to the law of the use of water. the rules stated are general ones, and the intent is to give the individual farmer or rancher a basic understanding of a subject which is essential to his operations and his livelihood. Technical term and lawyer talk are avoided wherever possible. However, certain terms are so commonly used that you often must understand them in order to communicate with others in regard to water matters. Such terms will be defined in the text. This manual is only a general guide, and not a legal textbook.