Water is the limiting factor in Utah's agricultural development. In spite of its admitted value the farmer knows less about the measurement of water than about any of the other commodities which he handles. He knows how to measure his land, his crops and his cattle, but he has little conception of how to measure his most valuable asset, viz., irrigation water. The importance of water measurement is not appreciated until the water-supply becomes over-appropriated and users begin interfering with each other's rights. Expensive litigation, which always follow controversies over water, is gradually convincing the farmer that water should be measured as carefully as beets, grain, sugar, coal, flour, or any other commodity which he uses.
Clyde, George D., "Circular No. 77 - Measurement of Irrigation Water" (1929). UAES Circulars. Paper 72.