How do Shared Wells Work? In Arizona that's a good question!
The following may not represent the conditions of every Shared Well in Arizona and should be considered as a guideline in nature.
A Shared Well is typically shared between adjacent homeowners who each use a portion of the water. When a home is bought/sold that is using a shared well, the sale must be documented and disclosed to all parties.
Disclosure in Arizona includes using the Arization Department of REALTORS® "Domestic Water Well/Water Use Addendum."
The Well Addendum stipulates to the
Registration of the well;
If there is a Shared Well Agreement;
Disclosure of tests, elements, hazardous material
If the well production documented, water pressure issues, defects or repairs in the equipment; and
If water is used other than for domestic purposes.
A buyer of a home with a shared well should also receive a copy of a Shared Well Agreement and the seller should disclose who is managing the Shared Well.
A shared well agreement will list the percentage of water to be used as per alloted portion of land for the agreement.
Water wells are registered in Arizona to document their existence and ownership.
Easements are granted on the Shared Well Agreement to allow for utilities and access to the well.
The form will also list which lots have access to the well. Maps are common to reflect where the well sits and the water lines thereof.
An electrical connection is required to operate the well and the expense is shared among the homeowners of the lots mentioned in the Shared Well Agreement.
It's typical for one owner to be the "manager" of the well and to receive payment from the others for repairs and electricity and is typically the first owner within the specific lots for that well.
Each owner is to install their own water lines to the well when constructing their homes.
When a home is sold that includes a shared well, a fee may be due to the well manager for the operating account for the well.
For specific questions about wells in Arizona, contact the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
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