263. Natural watercourses.

The natural right enjoyed by a riparian proprietor1 to use the water of a stream cannot be granted to a non-riparian proprietor2; and a lessee of mines3 under land adjoining a stream is not, as regards the user of the water in the stream, a riparian proprietor4. The reasonable use of the stream to which a riparian proprietor is entitled includes the abstraction of reasonable quantities for the purpose of working machinery connected with his mines5; and his proprietary rights relate to water flowing on the surface of the land or below it6 provided that the water flows in

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