A joint agreement on wells should define the sharing of the costs of supplying electricity, maintenance and repair to the groundwater system. In addition, the document should limit water consumption to household needs. If an owner waters the lawn or fills a swimming pool, everyone`s supply could be affected. With cooperation and shared responsibility, it can be advantageous to own a home with a common well. If you want more information HUD publishes guidelines for common wells, and here at Skillings `Sounds`, we`re always happy with information when we can. If you have any questions about the common well, please call us. If we don`t know the answer, we`ll let you know someone who will! During your due diligence, contact a local well service company and plan a thorough inspection. If the common water well is a professional inspection and has sufficient capacity, the next step before buying a home is to check the ownership records of all parties involved. To do this, you can consult a lawyer. In addition to maintenance and repair costs, private well owners are responsible for the safety of drinking water. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recommends that well owners test their drinking water at least once a year to ensure it is safe for consumption. Three of the most common pollutants in Idaho are nitrates, total coliform and arsenic.
 To test their water, parties can take water samples themselves and have them tested by a laboratory or have a sample taken by an environmental advisor. Please consider these requirements for water quality verification and frequency of testing in the agreement.  Idaho Code 39-362 (2) (“Community Water System” refers to a public drinking water system that serves at least 15 service lines used by residents year-round or serving at least twenty-five (25) residents year-round. Property records must include facilities that allow all owners to access the groundwater system. In addition, the documents must expressly allow each party to use and maintain the well. We recommend that, when a buyer is informed, the property includes a common well, in addition to ensuring that there is a titration agreement, that he also receives a copy of the agreement and that he reads or pays for his lawyer to verify the contents of the agreement, which is particularly important in older neighbourhoods. Well, the agreements may have been registered several years ago and sometimes no longer reflect what is happening on real estate. For example, the first two neighbours, when the area was developed, reached an agreement and registered the agreement. Since then, other neighbours may have been allowed to “tap” into the well, perhaps a new well was dug years ago in an emergency, or perhaps larger real estate has been subdivided, and the reserve that originally registered the Fountain Agreement has referred to newly created securities, but does not refer to the new securities. In a cursory revision of these titles, there may be a registered well agreement, but without verifying the content of the agreement, there is no way to say whether it adequately addresses the current situation.