Ohh, help! Ethical dilemma about our well.
Here's the scenario--would appreciate any and all thoughts:
We live on a 12 acre mini-farm in an area that is known to be "spotty" in terms of well water. Not horrible, but many owners near us have had to dig multiple times to hit a well and the depth is variable. Quality is generally very good, it's a matter of finding it!
We got lucky--the well guy struck a "gusher" in one try on our place and we've had ZERO problems in almost 7 years since we moved here with flow, quality, or otherwise.
Our nearest neighbors are between 500 and 1000 feet away and they have "OK" wells. Some with more limited flow than we have.
Now we have potential new neighbors--a young family that bought a small parcel of land between us and the neighbors--a split from our original property that was split once before. They've been clearing and prepping to build.
They have had THREE attempts at finding a well on their relatively smaller (6 acres) property, some of which is a sand dune (we are 3 miles from Lake Michigan) and most of which is wooded. No luck. It is expensive to dig and I feel badly for them. :(
Tonight they asked if we could "talk" and I have a sinking feeling they're going to ask us to share our well. The well head is about 300 feet from their homesite and is smack in the middle of my big pasture.
I'm sick because my husband is DEAD SET against even contemplating this, citing risks that our well will go dry, that it is a huge hassle, and why should we? I can see his side, completely. But I don't know what to tell these nice people if they ask! I don't want to be a hard-hearted neighbor.
Ugh. Any advice? Things to ponder? Important considerations? TIA. :sigh: