||A water right is authorization to use water in a prescribed manner, not to own the water itself. Without diversion and beneficial use , there is no water right.
How Do I Get a Water Right?
You May Already Have One!
If you are currently diverting the public waters of the state and putting the water to beneficial use, you may already have a valid water right. You may have acquired a valid water right along with your land if:
water was used on your property before you acquired it,
the person you acquired the property from did not "reserve" the water right in the deed conveying the property to you,
and the water right has not been forfeited due to five or more years of non-use.
Idaho Department of Water Resources maintains records of water right permits, licenses, and decrees.
Water right records are available for public inspection.