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Two-Party Shared Wells

Lewis County’s Shared Well policy is intended to assure that two homes sharing a single well are each provided with a reasonable amount of healthful, potable water, both now and in the future. Upon approval, shared wells have conducted extensive testing to verify that the water does not pose a health risk and have established covenants to protect the well from becoming contaminated. In addition, the rights and responsibilities of each property owner are legally established regarding access to the well and water works, as well as water treatment, if applicable. Without these provisions, each party’s source of water is vulnerable to the other.

Without a Shared Well approval, problems often arise when properties once owned by family members or friends are sold and the new owners have different opinions regarding the system. For example, without a Water Users’ Agreement and established easements, the property containing the well is under no obligation to supply water to the second property.

Two-Party Shared well packets are available from Public Services (map it) or from the 3rd floor of the Health Department (map it). You may also print out the documents from the links below.

[link] Shared Well Checklist
[link] Approved Satellite Management Agencies (SMAs)
[link] Water System Engineers—An engineer is usually only needed when there are potential contaminants within the 100’ Sanitary Control Area (SCA) of the well.
[link] State Certified Labs
[link] IOC Requirements
[link] Instructions for Covenants
[link] Declaration of Covenant
[link] Restrictive Covenant
[link] Water Users’ Agreement
[link] Critical Area and Resource Land (CARL) form
[link] Permission to Enter
[link] Well Site Inspection

Note: Ongoing bacteria and nitrate monitoring is not required for two-party wells at this time. However, it is strongly recommended to test for bacteria at least every year and for nitrate at least every three years. Systems with nitrate concentrations greater than 3.0 ppm should be tested more frequently.