Termination of the well-sharing agreement should not terminate debts or obligations incurred by a party on or before the date of termination. The resigning party generally pays the cost of separating its water from the common system as well as any damage it may cause to the property of another system or to the water distribution system. When a party leaves the agreement, any change in the percentage of shared responsibility between the remaining parties should be adapted by a provision inserted at the time of conclusion of the contract. In order to avoid confusion, the parties must clearly state their purpose for a shared agreement, which is usually a transfer of a property right in the water. Parties should consider whether their use will be continuous, periodic or seasonal. In addition, the provisions of the agreement should stipulate that the use is exclusively in the national territory or that it includes agricultural or commercial exploitation. Clearly declaring the purpose of the well contract will avoid problems between the current parties and all subsequent owners of land subject to the contract. A common well is a well typically located on land, with a submersible pump (unless the well is a fluid artesian well). One of the features (typically the one in which the well is located, but not always) is charged for electricity in order to run this pump in the well.

It is normally the responsibility of the landowner who has the well to maintain the pump. Neighbours who share access to the well are generally expected to share equally in the costs of maintenance, repairs and contributions to electricity costs. As soon as water reaches each property, owners are often responsible for their own individual water treatment and pressure systems for each property. In the event of a major dispute between neighbors about their common well, the owner who does not have a well on his land and no agreement to turn to has few possibilities. And without water, decisions must be made quickly. One possibility could be to drill again if government authorities and conditions allow. This cost could be in the thousands of dollars. Litigation is sometimes an alternative, but the cost could easily exceed the option of drilling a private well, there is always a risk of loss in a dispute (especially in the absence of a good deal) and the stress and time associated with legal proceedings should be taken into consideration. Most people encounter long-term shared agreements, but there may come a day when the agreement is no longer necessary or feasible.