Beneﬁcial use of water
The use of water for any beneﬁcial purpose. Such uses include domestic use, irrigation, recreation, ﬁsh and wildlife, ﬁre protection, navigation, power, industrial use, etc. The beneﬁt varies from one location to another and by custom. What constitutes beneﬁcial use is often deﬁned by statute or court decisions.