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0001007Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Buildings, Generalpublic2010-04-11 11:342014-01-21 18:14
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0001007: Wells become unusable after being used for anything other than drinking
Although I have a well that reports as active, several levels above a reservoir that is at 7/7 (although the highest level in the aqueduct may be lower), dwarves prefer to go outside to the river to drink and complain about the lack of a well. The water had propagated blood from multiple years past, which might have contaminated the water, but the well does not report a problem with the water supply.
has duplicate 0001414resolved Footkerchief Dwarves refuse to use water zones, wells - save included 
has duplicate 0002937resolved Logical2u Dwarves don't use wells properly. 
has duplicate 0004286resolved Footkerchief Removing a well makes water undrinkable even if it was drinkable before the well was built 
has duplicate 0004292resolved Dwarfu Dwarves complain that there is no well when there actually is, and dwarves are drinking from it 
related to 0002627resolved Toady One Dwarves cannot collect water for "Apply cast" job 
Issue History
2010-04-11 11:34barconisNew Issue
2010-04-11 11:39smjjamesNote Added: 0002846
2010-04-11 11:40smjjamesTag Attached: well
2010-04-14 13:38barconisNote Added: 0003537
2010-04-14 16:12smjjamesNote Added: 0003572
2010-04-25 08:33barconisNote Added: 0004987
2010-04-25 08:41barconisNote Edited: 0004987bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0004987#r1747
2010-04-25 08:43barconisNote Edited: 0004987bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0004987#r1748
2010-04-25 08:44barconisNote Edited: 0004987bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0004987#r1749
2010-04-25 08:45barconisNote Edited: 0004987bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0004987#r1750
2010-07-12 10:16morikalNote Added: 0010041
2010-07-12 10:17FootkerchiefNote Added: 0010042
2010-07-13 05:56FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0002627
2010-07-13 05:57FootkerchiefRelationship addedhas duplicate 0001414
2010-07-13 05:57FootkerchiefIssue Monitored: Footkerchief
2010-09-03 06:04ZaZ AmariNote Added: 0012376
2010-11-19 00:09Khym ChanurIssue Monitored: Khym Chanur
2011-02-05 17:25Logical2uRelationship addedhas duplicate 0002937
2011-02-05 17:25Logical2uIssue Monitored: Logical2u
2011-03-21 08:25Logical2uRelationship addedrelated to 0004286
2011-03-31 20:04DwarfuRelationship addedhas duplicate 0004292
2014-01-21 18:14FootkerchiefSummaryDwarves not drinking from active wells => Wells become unusable after being used for anything other than drinking
2014-01-21 18:14FootkerchiefRelationship replacedhas duplicate 0004286

2010-04-11 11:39   
Isn't this an old issue? I think I've heard of it happening in 40D. May want to check out the wiki or search for threads relating to this.

Oh yea, did you set an activity zone on it and set it to being a water source? I think this is what causes the issue.
2010-04-14 13:38   
It could be an old issue; I'm not finding anything in the wiki on it, but I'm still searching.

I tried to set an activity zone on the well but IIRC was unable to do so; it didn't register as a water source for zone purposes. I'll double-check when I'm back at that machine.
2010-04-14 16:12   
You have to put the activity zone on any surrounding floor or ground in order for it to work I believe.
2010-04-25 08:33   
(edited on: 2010-04-25 08:45)
Hmmm. I can't put a water source zone around it, it doesn't highlight as a water source even though the well shows 'Active', just Pit/Pond and everything that fits on empty ground (I zoned the entire room, not just the well space). If it was dry I could understand not using it for water, but it's active and has unobstructed access:


 Guess this is a bug -- active wells don't count as water sources. I went ahead and selected 'w'ater source anyway, and it highlighted with 0 spaces, so maybe that will magically fix the issue.

2010-07-12 10:16   
I have this same issue. Before I made the water source activity zone, I did notice a dwarf go clean himself by the well. The well is active, but the activity zone (which includes the well and 5 adjacent tiles) shows as having (0) water source squares.

I'll have to check when I get home later, but I think some dwarves are still running all the way out to the brook for water, instead of using the well.

Anyway, even if they are using the well properly, its a bug that the activity zone shows (0) water source squares.
2010-07-12 10:17   
Unless this is 100% reproducible (i.e., it happens for every single well), it would be helpful to upload a save demonstrating the problem. http://dffd.wimbli.com/ [^]
ZaZ Amari   
2010-09-03 06:04   
I've had wells work but as soon as its used for anything other than drinking the water source was forever contaminated and never used again even though nothing was reported wrong with it or it was contaminated but now its not, I'll try and reproduce this and upload a save.