Any individual, company or corporation who has heretofore constructed any canal, ditch,
flume or aqueduct for purposes of irrigation upon or over lands unoccupied at the
time of such construction, who shall maintain the same for the period of five years
succeeding such construction, without objection in writing from the owner of such
land, or subsequent claimant under the laws of the United States or of the state of
Kansas, shall after the expiration of said period of five years be deemed and held
to have acquired a permanent right of way for such canal, ditch, flume or aqueduct,
not exceeding, however, the total width of three times the width of such canal, ditch,
flume, or aqueduct.
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