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Surface Water and Adjoining Landowners

With the significant rainfall that California has experienced this winter, now is a good time to revisit the rights and responsibilities of neighboring landowners with regard to “surface water”- water resulting from rain, snow or springs that is distributed over the surface of the land. You may ask yourself, “My property got water damage that came from my neighbor’s property. Who is responsible for the damages?” California law used to hold that a person may not interfere with the natural flow of surface water in any way that would cause an invasion of another’s interest in the use and enjoyment of their land.  Under this rule, the owner of an upper property had the right to discharge surface water from her property in any way that

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