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Can You Tap Into a Shared Well for a Property?

Can You Tap a Shared Well for a Property Next Door? Homeowners or business owners sharing a well is often a frugal solution for every party involved. In rural areas where access to city water is not possible, a shared well is a necessity. When you buy a new property next to a shared well, are you allowed to have access to it? Mosman Well Works can help guide you through this process. 

What Is a Shared Well?

A shared well refers to a well that supplies water to multiple properties. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a shared well can serve no more than four buildings. If it provides water to more than four properties, it’s referred to as a community well.

Can You Tap Into a Shared Well for a New Property?

If you move into a house located near a shared well, it’s very possible that you may already be able to access it. Speak with the previous homeowners or your real estate agent to get clarification. If the building is not connected to a shared well, you can join in provided that there are less than four houses already using it. You can also tap into a community well by signing a good agreement.

How Can This Be Done?

A shared well agreement or community well agreement binds homeowners to share certain responsibilities in regard to the well. This includes:

  • Paying their share of usage costs
  • Allowing inspections to take place when necessary
  • Repairing any maintenance problems on their end
  • Making sure that the well is working for each party involved
  • Restricting access to those who aren’t on the agreement

Why Mosman Well Works?

Navigating how to use a shared or community well can be a confusing process. At Mosman Well Works, we’ll provide you with all the information you need about the well you’d like to access. If you’d like to get started, feel free to contact us today.