We have an English neighbour who is selling thier house (relations have broken down with them over the last few months) and now she is doing everything she can before she moves to make are lives miserable.
Her latest "bit between her teeth" is if the new owners have the right to pump water from our well and use it to run a washing machine. As far as I was aware she only has the right to acess the well in a drought. This was what we were told before laws changed in feb 2009.
I have looked at the new law and it seems to be more about new wells, not sure if they still have a right to acess and use it as it clearly states that there are now limits on how much water an be drawn (1000 cubic meters per year) and also in a drought water is provided by your comune. I have also learned that permision is needed from the Mairie/prefecture to modernise and use the water for domestic use.
She is also pasting all over facebook that junk (putting it politely) has been thrown down the well and that it is a state of disrepair. We only moved here just over a year ago and in that time my hubby has had to go back to Uk to work and I have been her with 4 young children so its not been high on our prorities. We have never used the well and yes we can see some rubbish in there but it was there when we bought the house.
The only thing that I can see we are obliged to do is provide a cover for it but as it never had one when we bought and no one used the well and had never been an issue in the past we just put it on the to-do list.
I am now in a position where all sorts of accusations are being discussed with anyone but ourselves and she is now making it her mission to find out if she can enforce us to get the water tested and enforce clean up and repairs on it. Does anyone know if this is enforceable? am I solely reponsible for costs as its on my land? and have I read the water act feb 1st 2009 correct in the fact that any activity will need permisison?
Sorry if its a bit long winded but there is little info on what she can or cant do. Would appreciate any advice.