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Wannabe Geek

#248663 4-Apr-2019 15:41
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My neighbor is going to drill deep hole to get ground water in rural area. To do that he need regional council and my consent . I want to ask him to use his ground water. If he says yes what kind of legal actions I need ?

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Uber Geek

  #2210830 4-Apr-2019 16:19
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You will need a contract for them to provide you with certain amounts of water,


You' probably want to specify minimum amounts and whether it will very based on season etc,


Its highly likely  you will be expected to pay a share of the capital and on going operational costs of drilling/running the bore....


Go and find a rural lawyer, there will be plenty of precedent in the area 

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Master Geek

  #2210841 4-Apr-2019 16:35
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FYI, neighbour just drilled a bore, didnt get consent from anyone, including council :) Not sure how he is going to get on going forward.

Cost was $1000/metre in case you decide to chip in.


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Uber Geek

  #2211025 4-Apr-2019 23:38

Don't be a cheapskate, get your own bore. Especially as since he wants consent for his bore, say that you will agree at the same time as he agrees to yours.




By the time you pay for a lawyer to write up a proper contract. Which would have to include things like payment of costs, service level required etc. Yet your property would be more valuable with it's own bore, instead on relying on the neighbours bore. While your neighbour's property would be less valuable, if it is subject to a requirement to supply water to others (you). And that is even assuming that the council will even allow 1 bore to supply more than 1 property. Would they count such a situation as commercial and charge higher fees? Your costs would likely be similar to just getting your own bore anyway.




The council might change the rules in the future, and refuse to allow any new bores, impose extra consent conditions etc.




Having reliable access to water is a major selling point of rural properties. Money spent now on a bore is likely to increase your property value.



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Wannabe Geek

  #2211101 5-Apr-2019 08:45
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Thanks for all. I d appreciate your very informative answers.

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