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Can I connect water from the well to the property?

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:13am
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Severine44

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Good morning All,

We are looking at a rural property, a very old farm to renovate and although it has electricity connection, it doesn't have mains water. I have asked the estate agent if mains water could be connected but she told me that water could be connected to the house from the well?

Also, at the bottom of the land/garden, there is an ancient water reservoir (currently empty) which belongs to the property.

Has anyone had experience with such a situation or even thinks it could be possible to connect a pump from the well to the house that gives enough power for showers ect?

Also the property has neighbours who have pools but the agent tells me that the pools are more likely to have been filled by water trucks?

We love the house and the potential it has to offer.

Any thoughts and advice welcome.

Thank you!

Villas

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:37am

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:37am

Severine44 wrote on Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:13am:

Good morning All,

We are looking at a rural property, a very old farm to renovate and although it has electricity connection, it doesn't have mains water. I have asked the estate agent if mains water could be connected but she told me that water could be connected to the house from the well?

Also, at the bottom of the land/garden, there is an ancient water reservoir (currently empty) which belongs to the property.

Has anyone had experience with such a situation or even thinks it could be possible to connect a pump from the well to the house that gives enough power for showers ect?

Also the property has neighbours who have pools but the agent tells me that the pools are more likely to have been filled by water trucks?

We love the house and the potential it has to offer.

Any thoughts and advice welcome.

Thank you!

It may not answer all your questions, but rights of water in Spain are complex & interesting.

Have a look at:

https://freedomfarm.es/water-rights-and-buying-a-property-in-spain-read-this-before-you-buy/

There other informative links & historical information, particularly between Villena & Caudete .

V

davidsnoxell

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:09am

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:09am

I would be tempted to get it tested before you go much further

Severine44

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:58am

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:58am

davidsnoxell wrote on Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:09am:

I would be tempted to get it tested before you go much further

Get the water tested?

elinspain

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:49am

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 11:49am

Hello

 Without being able to ask neighbours, who would have the same issues, I would contact the local town hall who, I'm sure  will be able to advise you-  correctly  on any questions you might have about the land/property etc ....Here is the link...They can also tell you what permission & licences you might need to do  renovation work on the property.

https://www.caudete.org/ayuntamiento/

I dont find estate agents information to be that reliable as their only interest is in selling &, in some cases, will tell you anything.

Hope this helps

Cheers

Elinspain

davidsnoxell

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:53pm

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:53pm

Severine44 wrote on Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:58am:

Get the water tested?

The water in the well to see if it is potable

Cheryl

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:07pm

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:07pm

We live in a traditional country villa which we have fully renovated and we are not on mains water.

As Elinspain says, don't trust a word that comes out of an estate agent's mouth.

Country properties come with varied challenges. First of all does it have a Habitacion Certificate? Is it EXACTLY as described on the deeds as this is something for the vendor to sort out?
We have a well which is fed by rainwater from the roof and we only use it to water the garden but it often dries up in the summer months anyway. If you use a pump for it the filters will get clogged with sand very quickly. As La Murada is over 450 m above sea level it won't be fed by a natural watercourse.
We have a water store not far from the house which is filled up with agricultural water which comes down open channels with slots to raise and lower to direct it to your property when arranged. We pay €32 an hour and just half hour tops up the water store and the pool and floods our orchard. We have half hour of water most months in the summer but possibly only every other month in the cooler months.It is pumped into the house via filters and it does mean we have good water pressure all year round but the flip side is we have no water if we have a power cut. This water, once filtered, is fine for the washing machine, dishwasher and cooking but not for drinking. If we had the offer of being on mains water we would turn it down.
You are unlikely to get planning permission for an in-ground swimming pool in a rural area but this is something to check with the Ayuntamiento, not the agent.
Happy to help with other questions but have family over at the moment and taking advantage of nap time.

Stephanie86

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:08pm

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:08pm

Re pools and water trucks, yes, especially in rural areas this is more than likely. We have just replaced our above ground pool ( we are NOT permitted to do anything at all to the land surrounding our house especially dig large holes for a pool!), and have just asked the local builders merchant for a quote for delivered water. As it’s a relatively small pool, 17000 litres, it’s two trucks of 8k each plus remainder through domestic supply, at a cost for the trucks of 140 euros. The water would then need to be treated as it’s straight out of a well.

Classic man

Posted: Sun Jul 3, 2022 3:35pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 3, 2022 3:35pm

I has looking down a well at a friend's house only this last week and he is thinking of using it for the pool and garden.  He has mains water for drinking but it doesn't seem sensible to buy water for the garden if you have a well available to you.

We pulled up a bucket of water from about 15ft and there was no smell and it was clear.  We both chickened out of drinking some, so he'll get it checked.  No idea where just yet.

Even if it's not drinkable it will be OK for the garden, but it would be good to know anyway.  It could then be used for the washing machine and showers.

The thing we need to find out first is at what rate you can abstract water, will the well self-replenish quickly or will it just empty and refill slowly.  Time will tell and that will determine the next move.

TP20

Posted: Sun Jul 3, 2022 4:33pm

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Posted: Sun Jul 3, 2022 4:33pm

Classic man wrote on Sun Jul 3, 2022 3:35pm:

I has looking down a well at a friend's house only this last week and he is thinking of using it for the pool and garden.  He has mains water for drinking but it doesn't seem sensible to buy water for the garden if you have a well available to you.

We pulled up a bucket of water from about 15ft and there was no smell and it was clear.  We both chickened out of drinking some, so he'll get it checked.  No idea where just yet....

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Even if it's not drinkable it will be OK for the garden, but it would be good to know anyway.  It could then be used for the washing machine and showers.

The thing we need to find out first is at what rate you can abstract water, will the well self-replenish quickly or will it just empty and refill slowly.  Time will tell and that will determine the next move.

If anything is grown in the garden that is edible it might be a problem using the well water on the garden. Just a thought 

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