As water dries up, disputes begin to boil

Outlet: Cortez Journal

June 24, 2013

The Montezuma County sheriff’s office is reporting an increase in the number of disputes over irrigation water this spring and summer. Police scanners crackle with calls from irate landowners frustrated with neighbors taking more than their share from communal ditches. As water supplies dwindle, there has been more theft and misuse of water, causing tempers to flare and raising the specter of violence.