forages

English translation: (artesian) well

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French term or phrase:forage
English translation:(artesian) well
Entered by: Susan McDonald
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06:11 Mar 21, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Real Estate
French term or phrase: forages
This appears in the description of a property in a power of attorney:

Une bastide composée de :

I. Rez-de-chaussée : entrée, cuisine indépendante équipée, salle à manger, salon avec cheminée, bureau, une pièce à aménager, un WC indépendant.
II. A l'étage : cinq chambres dont quatre avec salle de bains et WC privatifs. Maison de gardien,
Abri démontable pour chevaux, foin et matériel d'exploitation,
Piscine,
**Forages**.

And that is the only context, I'm afraid. I am well aware of the "drilling" and "borehole" meaning of "forage", but cannot seem to find any references to the term as a part of a property. I wondered if it might be a reference to wells. As ever, your insights would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.
Susan McDonald
France
Local time: 07:16
(artesian) well
Explanation:
If this is in the South of France (context?), as suggested by 'bastide' (mainly S-W), then the presence of one or more artesian wells might be considered a 'feature' of a property, since water is such a precious resource.

It may be a slight over-interpretation to suggest these are 'artesian' wells, though that would usually be the case — and 'wells' on its own would be misleading, as they won't be the shaft + bucket type!; so if you can't be sure they are 'artesian' (though in any case that term is often used with some flexibility), then you might just have to settle for 'boreholes for water' — and I think it is necesary to say water, both to avoid anyone imagining they are oil wells, and also, to underline the asset of having your own supply of water.

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Note added at 50 mins (2018-03-21 07:02:12 GMT)
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South, at any rate = dry = shortage of water = expensive mains water = borehole > asset.

'artesian' = wtare comes up of its own accord without needing to be pumped — though as i said, the term is often used inaccurately, even where a pump is actually necessary. If these are distributed around the property, one might infer that getting electricity to them could be a problem, hence...
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Tony M
France
Local time: 07:16
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forage
(artesian) well


Explanation:
If this is in the South of France (context?), as suggested by 'bastide' (mainly S-W), then the presence of one or more artesian wells might be considered a 'feature' of a property, since water is such a precious resource.

It may be a slight over-interpretation to suggest these are 'artesian' wells, though that would usually be the case — and 'wells' on its own would be misleading, as they won't be the shaft + bucket type!; so if you can't be sure they are 'artesian' (though in any case that term is often used with some flexibility), then you might just have to settle for 'boreholes for water' — and I think it is necesary to say water, both to avoid anyone imagining they are oil wells, and also, to underline the asset of having your own supply of water.

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Note added at 50 mins (2018-03-21 07:02:12 GMT)
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South, at any rate = dry = shortage of water = expensive mains water = borehole > asset.

'artesian' = wtare comes up of its own accord without needing to be pumped — though as i said, the term is often used inaccurately, even where a pump is actually necessary. If these are distributed around the property, one might infer that getting electricity to them could be a problem, hence...

Tony M
France
Local time: 07:16
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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Grading comment
Thanks to all who contributed to this question - much appreciated!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Oops - yes, meant to say that the property is clearly a large one in the Var - so more south-east than south-west.

Asker: Many thanks,Tony. Much appreciated!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  B D Finch: No reason why a "forage" has to be an artesian well, I know of one in Var that is pumped. It just means a deep well.
5 hrs
  -> Thanks, B! No, that's the whole point I was seeking to make above; BUT they will be small-bore 'wells'; not the type people will imagine with a winch + bucket, hence why a qualifier is useful.

agree  Thomas T. Frost: Many farm houses have wells in the south of France, but I agree with B D Finch that there is no reason why they should necessarily be artesian.//Drilled well is perhaps better.
5 hrs
  -> Thanks, Thoams! No, that's the whole point I was seeking to make above; BUT they will be small-bore 'wells'; not the type people will imagine with a winch + bucket, hence why a qualifier is useful.

agree  kashew: wells - probably pumped.
3 days 4 hrs
  -> Thanks, J!
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