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Shared Well Water Agreement
THIS AGREEMENT made this ____________day of __________, 20_____by
Round Butte Ranch, LLC, the owner of Tracts 3&4 of COS 6404 (commonly
known as River Valley Trails), Lake County, Montana.
All subsequent owners of Lots/Tracts 3&4 shall become parties to this agreement
as described below.
WHEREAS, the undersigned party deems it necessary to provide a well system to
service the Lots described herein, and an Agreement has been established relative
to supplying water from the well and the cost of supplying said water; and
WHEREAS, there is located a well approximately on the common boundary of
Lots/Tracts 3 & 4 for the purpose of supplying water to all properties connected to
said well. This Agreement will establish an easement of a 30’radius around said
well to install and maintain a pump and water distribution system for the benefit
of all current and subsequent owners.
WHEREAS, it is the intention and purpose of the undersigned that the well and
future water distribution system shall be used and operated to provide an adequate
supply of water for each of the properties connected thereto, for the normal
household use and consumption of the occupants of said properties, and to assure
the continuous and satisfactory operation and maintenance of the well and future
water distribution system for the benefit of the present and future owners, their
heirs, successors and assigns of the properties connected thereto; and
WHEREAS, the said well complies with state regulations and is deemed to be of
adequate capacity to supply a single family dwelling on each of the parcels
described herein with water from the well for all domestic uses of a single family
residing therein, and
WHEREAS, the United States of America, Rural Housing Services, will not
finance or guarantee mortgage loans covering the separate properties and
improvements thereon unless proper assurances is given by the parties as
demonstrated by execution of this Agreement, that the water distribution system
will have a continuous and satisfactory operation in accordance with the terms of
this Agreement; and
WHEREAS, this Agreement is established for the purposes of reducing to writing
their respective rights and obligations pertaining to said well and any future water
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and covenants
herein contained, it is agreed that the well situated approximately on the boundary
of Lots/Tracts 3&4 shall be used by the parties to this Agreement, as well as by
all future owners and occupants of said Lots/Tracts, upon the following terms and
1. That until this Agreement is terminated, as hereinafter provided, the parties
and subsequent heirs, successors and assigns, for the exclusive benefit of the
respective Lots/Tracts of real estate, and for the exclusive use of the household
residing thereon, are hereby granted the right in common with the subsequent
owners, to draw water for domestic use.
2. The party first requiring use of the well shall pay for installation of the pump
and their water distribution system including power installation. Subsequent
users of the well shall reimburse the first party for one half of the commonly used
assets after receiving proper documentation of said costs, and pay for all
improvements required for the subsequent users to make use of the well.
3. That the subsequent owner or residents of the dwellings located on the subject
Lots/Tracts as of the date of the Agreement shall:
a. Pay or cause to be paid promptly, a proportionate share of all expenses
for the operation and maintenance of the well and water distribution
system. The respective shares shall be determined by dividing the
amount of each expense by the number of users, it being understood
that the supplying party and the supplied parties shall pay an equal
portion of such necessary repair or replacement. Shared expenses
include the cost of electricity for pumping, repairs and maintenance on
said well and water distribution system.
4. That the cost of any removal or replacement of pre-existing site improvements
on an individual Lot/Tract/Tract necessary for system operation, maintenance,
replacement, improvements, inspection or testing, damaged as a result of repair of
the well or water distribution system maintenance will be borne by the owner of
the affected Lot/Tract/Tract, except cost to remove and replace common boundary
fencing or walls damaged as a result of repair shall be shared equally between or
among parties so damaged.
5. That each of the using parties herby agrees that they will promptly repair,
maintain and replace all water pipes or mains serving their respective dwellings at
their own expense.
6. That the consent of all parties to pay a proportionate share of costs shall be
obtained prior to embarking upon expenditures for system maintenance,
replacement, improvements, except in emergency situations. An arbitrator shall
be chosen by the parties; shall be consulted in the event the parties cannot agree
regarding the said expenditures; and the arbitrator’s decision shall be definitive.
7. That the supplied party shall pay to the supplying party his proportionate share
for the cost of energy for the operation of the pumping equipment. This cost shall
be determined by a separate meter upon each dwelling and for each Lot/Tract.
Each party shall install a valve on each dwelling service line as it leaves the well.
8. That it is the agreement of the parties hereto that the payment for energy cost
shall be made not later then the 10th day in advance of each succeeding month, or
quarterly in advance as the supplying party determines during the term of this
Agreement. In the event that any such payment remains unpaid for a period of 20
days, the supplying party may terminate the supply of water to the supplied party
until all arrearages in payment are received by the supplying party.
9. If agreed by both parties the requirement of a separate meter, dates and
methods of payment can be modified as agreed between the users for
convenience. However any one party can at any pint in time require resumption of
meter and payment methods as described above.
10. Each party agrees to repair any major leaks or ruptures on their Lot/Tract, or
connecting easements, in a timely fashion. Should another have to do this for
them during an extended absence, the affected party agrees to compensate the
repairer in the next month’s bill.
11. That it is the agreement of the parties that they shall permit a third party to
cure a default of payment or other obligation and shall permit water distribution
service to be reinstated upon such curative action.
12. That each of the parties to this Agreement does hereby grant to the other, their
heirs, successors and assigns, such easements over, across and through the
respective Lots/Tracts as shall be reasonably necessary for the construction of the
well, maintenance of water pipes, pumping equipment, mains, electrical wiring
and conduit consistent with the purposes of the Agreement. These easements are
described below, to wit:
A radius of 30’ around the existing well on the common boundary
of Lots/Tracts 3&4.
13. That no party may install landscaping or improvements that will impair the
use of said easements.
14. That each party shall have the right to act to correct an emergency situation
and shall have access to the pertinent Lot/Tract in the absence of the other. An
emergency situation shall be defined as the failure of any shared portion of the
system to deliver water upon demand.
15. Each of the parties agrees not to do anything that might contaminate or over
strain the water distribution system. Each of the parties agrees to use only as
much water as is needed by one average home and average yard and gardens on
their Lot/Tract, and not to waste, abuse, sell or give significant amounts of water
away to other neighbors.
16. That in the event the referenced well shall become contaminated and shall no
longer supply water suitable for domestic consumption, or shall no longer supply
water adequate for the needs of all relevant parties, or in the event that another
source of water shall become available to the respective Lots/Tracts, then the
rights and obligations of the parties created by this Agreement shall cease and
terminate in accordance with the terms and conditions hereinafter described.
17. That upon the availability of such other source of water, it is stipulated that a
reasonable time shall be allowed to effectuate the necessary connections to the
18. That the respective rights and obligations of the parties shall continue until
the parties who wish to terminate their participation in the Well Agreement have
executed and filed a written statement of termination a the office of the Lake
County Clerk & Recorder, State of Montana. Upon termination of participation in
this Agreement, the owner and occupant of each residence which is terminated
from the Agreement shall have no further right to the use of the well or the
easements. The terminated parties shall disconnect their respective lateral
connection form said well system and shall have no further obligation to pay or
collect for maintenance and related expenses incurred thereafter. The costs of
disconnection from the well and water system shall be borne by the owner of the
19. That the undersigned parties shall permit periodic well water sampling and
testing by a responsible authority at the request of an undersigned party,
mortgagee or the United States of America, Rural Housing Services.
20. That the said well and this Agreement, if amended, shall serve no more then
three single family dwelling units or 3 Lots/Tracts, notwithstanding the ability of
the parties to make other amendments to this Agreement.
21. If any terms of this agreement, now or at this time in the future are not in
compliance with USA Rural Housing Services because of regulation changes or
otherwise, then it will be amended to comply and all parties agree to cooperate to
carry out the terms as may be required, and is reasonably practicable.
22. That the parties may modify this Agreement in writing with a signed and
recorded document. However, this Agreement may not be amended during the
term of a Federally-insured (direct) or guaranteed mortgage on any property
served, except as provided herein, for the purpose of adding to the prescribed
number of parties.
23. That the term of this Agreement shall be perpetual; except as herein limited.
24. That the benefits and burdens of this Agreement shall constitute a covenant
running with the parcels of land herein described and shall be binding upon the
heirs, successors in title and assigns of the parties hereto.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereunto set their hands and
seal the day and year first above written.
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Shared Well Agreement
STATE OF ______________)
On this________day of April, 2011, before me, the undersigned, a
Notary Public in and for the State of Montana, personally appeared
Rodney Haynes, and known to me to be the person whose name is
subscribed to the within instrument of behalf of Round Butte Ranch, LLC,
and acknowledged to me that he executed the same.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
notarial seal on the day and year first-above written.
Notary Public for the State of _________________
My Commission expires __________________
I wish you the best in 2011.
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