I don’t know where you’re located, but from the sounds of your water rights it seems like it’s somewhere out west. Water rights out west and back east are very different. The scarcity of water in the west leads to often complicated legal problems surrounding private ownership and usage of water. In the east, where the op is located, we rarely have too little water for that to become a problem, and actually often have to deal with having too much water. Water usage laws here can still be fairly complicated, but that has far more to do with legal impositions put in place by the state than it does with the seniority of private water rights.