While there is considerable variation in residential well permits, the most common type issued today is the household-use only permit. This permit gives a property owner the right to look for water (i.e., drill a well) and use the water inside their single-family home. In most cases this type of permit does not allow the use of water outside your house.
In some cases, the zoning of a property may allow the keeping of livestock, but the well permit may not allow the use of water for domestic animals. In that case, you can keep horses or other livestock on your property, but you cannot provide them with water from your well. Most likely, your only option would be to “truck in” water for the animals.
Domestic permits are often older residential permits, or those issued for properties larger than 35 acres. Domestic wells can be used for up to three single-family dwellings and may give you the right to use water outside your house and for your animals. However, this does not, in turn, give the owner the right to build three houses.
Domestic permits vary from property to property. Some may be very broad and say “household use, irrigation and the watering of domestic animals”, while some may stipulate household use and the watering of non-commercial horses.” We will guide you through these nuances.
The most common solution to provide water for your horses when you have a household-use only permit is, as they mentioned, having water, “trucked in”. On a regular schedule, a water service truck brings a set amount of water. Storage tanks are installed into your barn, garage or storage shed and kept warm in the winter with a tank warmer or from room heat (i.e., heated garage, tack room, apartment). Another option is to carry a tank in a truck bed or on a trailer and get water as you need it from a local water service company.
In addition, some properties have a pond or stream that can be managed to supply the livestock with water year-round.
What does water delivery cost? There are a few local companies that deliver water. Foothills Water Delivery Service based out of Bailey, www.foothillh2O.com, delivers 1000-10,000 gallons of water. The cost of the truck is the most expensive part of the equation therefore, the closer the delivery service to your house and the more water you can store, the less expensive in the long run. The difference in the cost between 1,000 gallons and 4,000 gallons is negligible.
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