Community wells | Definition | Pros and Cons

A community well is a water well that provides naturally obtained water to more than 4 households near simultaneously; All households have access to the well, provided there is a mutual agreement either by communal arrangements or by the governing law.

The well supplies water either by mechanical means (plumbing) or by the other basic methods such as the good ol’ fashion hand fetching. It can be privately or publicly owned to be used for the purpose of consumption, community arrangements or irrigation.

Community wells are often confused with shared wells, shared wells are only meant to supply 2 or more households, it typically is privately owned and is usually incorporated with the “shared well agreement”. A legal document that emphasizes property rights of the well and the water within it. The shared well agreement should and will contain a listing for the permissible use of water and the conditions including the limitations of such use.


Pros of having a Community well

  • Cost efficiency / Savings

Community wells are typically self operational apparatuses, you can just have them built and they self operate if properly done. The cost efficiency and financial savings come from the fact that a community well will provide equal if not better water supply when place in comparison to the city water; total cost might also equate less than quarter of water you might spend over a extensive period of time when paying for city water.


  • Low operational cost

Water wells are mostly self operational; hence there is little or no requirement for operational cost. They are easy to attain, easy to access and easy to maintain. When compared in contrast to other water sources, there require the least attention and if done properly, can achieved the best results.


  • Communal back-up

Community wells are usually natural sources for water; having them as main sources however might create little issues here and there. Not to say they can’t stand as the main source, Of course they can.

However, if they stand as a back up to whatever main source you have incurred, they are very reliable and highly conventional.


  • Access to plenty of High quality water

This is obviously self explanatory, water wells provide uninterrupted access to aquifers, they also offer self filtration which lends to the purification of it’s contained water. It won’t be as purified as treated waters but it will most likely be good enough for consumption if maintained well enough.


Cons of having a Community well

  • Lack of absolute control or ownership

Community wells are usually paraded as publicly owned permanent adornment to the community, hence, to seek it’s usage means to use it according to the community guidelines, rules and limitations.

You most likely won’t be able to use it privately, claim it as your personal property or reap the rewards of it’s operation singularly.


  • Possible decrease in property valuation

According to real estate experts, there is likely to be a possible decrease in property valuation due to the size and quantity of unknown situations that may arise from sharing a community well. This singular uncertainty will usually drive intending property investors to the edge.


  • Possible legal arrangements

There might have to be legal hearings, signing and conformity to certain legal obligations when your community is possession of a community well. This could lead to law suits, court hearings and a whole lot of unwanted trouble that may be caused by the most flimsy or tiniest of actions and disagreements.




Joe Taylor

Over 2 decades of remodeling experience, Joe is an expert in home improvement. He is now the Managing Editor of PlumbJoe where he writes guides for homeowners. His hobbies include climbing, running and playing the piano.

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