I purchased a foreclosed home on ten acres in the back of a 40 acre tract in Montgomery Alabama. The person who built the house owned the entire tract of land at the time the home was built (2006). She recently went through a messy divorce and her husband took possession
of the home and then let it foreclose. Meanwhile, she listed and sold the remainder (30 acres) of the property. Before it sold though, she told the bank that was foreclosing on the home that there isn't a water easement and she was cutting off the water line that travels from her barn to my house. She turned the water off last month when she sold the land and barn and the new owner is keeping it off. The meter is at the front of the property (on the new owners land) and the new owner had it changed to his name.
I spoke with the water company about the matter. They said they didn't know who the meter ultimately belongs too, but since the original owner allowed the water to be changed into the new owners name they weren't going to get involved. They did say they could put in another meter next to the original at my cost, but I would need to run water to my house from the meter. They made it clear that they do not own the water lines past the meter. Now to my question, can I run water down my existing ingress/egress easement? My current real estate lawyer (closing lawyer) wasn't sure if I could run a water line via an ingress/egress easement. As an FYI, the current owner made it clear that they will not willingly allow me to get water through their property (they were hostile at the request). At this point, I would be glad pay to run the water and put in a new meter. I just don't know if I can use the ingress/egress easement for that. If I can't, do I have any other options? The property is valued at $450k. It would be a shame to let it sit without water.
Anyway, I would prefer the water meter to be on my property instead of at the front of the 40 acre tract as well. Along the same lines, can the easement be used by the post office to deliver mail at my house instead of in a PO box? The new owner took over the existing mailbox as well.