A publication on water management of the National Academy of Sciences [1966, 38] contains the following statement: In the public allocation process it is unlikely that society will welcome widepread and strict allocation of water. Water is regarded as a birthright of Americans—a common holding in which there are common stakes. Other commodities are not so regarded; water is singled out for special consideration. This statement is an expression of human rights without qualification as to property or economic status. It also implies that people have rights to water suitable and adequate to their needs wherever they may be.