No right to the use of water for land in private ownership shall be sold for a tract exceeding one hundred and sixty acres to any one landowner, and no such sale shall be made to any landowner unless he be an actual bona fide resident on such land, or occupant thereof residing in the neighborhood of said land, and no such right shall permanently attach until all payments therefor are made.
43 U.S. Code § 431 - Limitation as to amount of water; qualifications of applicant
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(June 17, 1902, ch. 1093, § 5, 32 Stat. 389.)
Imperial Irrigation District of California; Nonapplicability of Federal Reclamation Laws
Section as Unaffected by Submerged Lands Act
Provisions of this section as not amended, modified or repealed by the Submerged Lands Act, see section 1303 of this title.