What to do if we purchased our home 8 years ago and knew that it had well water instead of city water but have only found out that our next door neighbor is also on our well?

We found this out when replacing the well pump and he came over to find out why we turned his water off. He knew he was on our well but we didn’t. Can we legally disconnect him from our well? He is a very unsavory person and we would prefer to have no association with him.

Asked on November 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Whether you can legally disconnect him depends on whether he has a legal right to use that well. For example, if he has an easement to draw water from it, he may; on the other hand, if it was an illegal hook-up in the first place (the previous owners did not know he did this), you could clearly cut him off. You should speak with a real estate attorney, who can help you determine the neighbor's rights (if any)  the water and your options.

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