water for the bees

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I notice that my bees are commuting 300 yards to a pool for water. I suspect this is an indication of desperation - water being heavy to carry so far! Can i put a water source right next to the hive or would it be best to have it a few yards away? Its just that the bees zip straight up and away on leaving the hive so i wonder if they woul find water that was "too close"? Or am i just overthinking this!