Water Pact Draws Fire

Outlet: The Wall Street Journal

March 26, 2012

For almost a decade, Paul Manza coveted the plot of farmland next to his. Bringing together the two pieces of land on the outskirts of the village of Warwick, N.Y., would give him a more viable farm and reunite a pair of plots that had been part of the same historic estate.

The parcel, Mr. Manza maintains, also came with an unusual feature: free water for life.

The deal had been made some 140 years earlier, when two farmers gave up some of their land to help establish a reservoir and pipeline to serve the growing village. In exchange, officials …