Re: Deeded water rights?
Property is like a basket of different items. There are many different parts that can be rented or even sold. You can lease a field to a farmer for a number of years, sell mineral rights, give a limited right of way, sell a right of way, etc. Enter into a hunting lease for 20 years. Sell the rights of estover. A well on a neighboring property is often caused when a lot is split. No sense digging a new well if you can reserve the rights. I am aware of two case in which septic systems lie on neighboring lots. One due to splitting a lot in two and another due to a drunken surveyor. One old York County deed I read from the 1820's, reserves the right to cross a neighbor's land to water live stock in a stream.
In this area, there were many unwritten implied right of ways, that became forgotten after a generation and end up with land locked parcels.
I had a client here this morning that bought a lot in 1986 that had two sheds built along the side of the property. He got a letter from the neighbor telling him the sheds encroach on a right of way and to tear them down. We wrote back telling the developer that the sheds stay. They have been there more than 21 years and the easement, at least where the sheds sit, has been voided by adverse possession.
As long as the "neighbor/lot" owning the water right doesn't care, shut it off. Be careful, though, some townships have ordinances about filling in abandoned wells.