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Community Well & Maintenance Agreement
Many small subdivisions share a well that is located on one of the lots and that requires an agreement between the property owners on how the costs of maintenance will be shared, and who has the obligation and right to maintain the well and water distribution system.
This is an area ripe with disputes between neighbors. I have handled a number of these disputes, and there is no doubt that if there had been a well drafted agreement covering all the major and even minor issues that can and do come up, many of these disputes would never have arisen, or they would never have gone so far.
The issues to be covered in a Well and Maintenance Agreement, which typically requires an easement on the burdened property for the well itself and an easement across lots for the pipes, will be unique to some degree because of the unique characteristics of the property, the needs, and want everyone wants to do. Some will want more water than others as when someone intends to irrigate acreage. The parties need to figure out an equitable approach to dividing the maintenance costs.
Here is a good example of an agreement I drafted and have used many times, although the specifics often change.