If you want to learn more about acequias, the following are good publications to start with:
Hicks, Gregory A. and Devon G. Peña 2003. Community acequias in Colorado's Rio Culebra watershed: A customary commons in the domain of prior appropriation. University of Colorado Law Review 74:2:387-486.
Peña, Devon G., ed. 1998. Chicano culture, ecology, politics: Subversive kin. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Peña, Devon G. 2005. Mexican Americans and the environment: Tierra y vida. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Rivera, José A. 1998. Acequia culture: Land, water, and community in the Southwest. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
Rodríguez, Sylvia. 2006. Acequia: Water-sharing, sanctity, and place. Santa Fe: School of American Research.