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Neighbors abandoned water line leaked into my water valt. They refuse to pay me for my efforts in discovering the source.

Bingen, WA |
Filed under: Drainage law

My water valt appeared to be leaking, after I excavated the source turned out to be a abandoned 6" water line that resumed flowage because of negligent abandonment. The owners refuse to reimburse me for my efforts.
If this is "Trespass on the case" am I due rembursment ?

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You may very well have a claim, but it would depend on whether there are any documents that define the duties of your neighbors. Presumably there was some document, possibly an easement, that granted them the right to tap into your water vault in the first place. You would need to start by finding out if there are any documents, which would normally be recorded in the auditor's office.

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