What An Easement Is
It is a legal document that allows the Fountain Water District, by agreement of a landowner, to utilize a specific, narrow portion of the landowner’s property to locate a waterline or other specified structure.
What An Easement is Not
It is an agreement only for a specific Fountain Water District structure (ex: waterline). It does not allow other utilities or construction on the property in the future. It does not give Fountain Water District control over the property through which the easement runs. It does not give the Fountain Water District permission to construct anything else on the eased property, without the agreement of the landowner in a separate easement.
Fountain Water District service expansions are for the good of the entire community. As a non-profit, the FWD’s only mission is to provide customers with reliable and safe drinking water service. Securing easements for the construction of its waterlines is vital to this mission.
A landowner easement:
• Improves the value of the land that the line travels through.
• FWD lines are equipped with flush hydrants, expanding fire protection.
• Allows residents who need water service because of polluted or unreliable wells & cisterns to get that service.
What I Need To Do
Please grant the Fountain Water District a private easement if requested to do so. If you have questions, please contact us or our legal counsel, that coordinates easement procedures.
Why is the FWD requesting an easement?
Easements are vital to the Fountain Water District to facilitate the expansion of our water facility to provide safe and reliable water service to those who need it. They are also important to:
• Minimize Intrusion – A private easement allows the FWD to place the waterline in the most desirable & efficient location as it crosses private property, so we can avoid disturbing as much of the property as possible.
• Less Mess, More Convenient – A private easement allows the FWD to locate waterlines outside of the public right-of-way (which is most often in the ditch along the road). This keeps the ditches and road shoulder in better condition, minimizes erosion, and makes less of a mess during construction. Also, the FWD’s contractors are under the obligation to repair or make good all damage to property disturbed during construction, unless otherwise indicated.
• Security – A private easement allows the FWD to place the waterline in the most secure location. Keeping the waterline out of the public right-of-way (road ditch) ensures that it will not have to be relocated in the future, interrupting service and costing the District and its customers to pay for the move. Waterlines are also more protected from damage when they can be located outside of the public right-of-way.
What if I have questions?
If you have any questions about easements, the easement process, or other related matters, please contact our legal counsel.
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