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Water Well Contractor Program

Registration - The NYS Water Well Driller Registration Law, as amended by the NYS Legislature in July 1999, requires any business conducting "water well drilling activities" to register annually with NYSDEC before doing business anywhere within the State of New York. (See ECL §15-1525). Prior to amendment, the law required registration for well drilling activities only within 4 counties of NY (Nassau, Suffolk, Kings and Queens).

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Certification Exams - NYS law requires, as of January 1, 2003, on-site supervision of "water well drilling activities" by an exam certified individual.

In 2006 the law was clarified regarding the requirement for pump installers to obtain certification. For more information please see Water Well Contractor Certification Exam Requirement.

Pre-notification - NYS law requires that the Department of Environmental Conservation be notified prior to commencement of drilling a water well within the State of New York.

Completion Report - NYS law requires a well completion report be filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation upon completion of a water well. A copy of this report must also to be provided to the owner of the well.

Enhanced pumping tests must be conducted for wells with yields of 100,000 gallons per day or more. Please review the required procedures before planning the test.

Standards for Water Wells

Requirements for water well standards are determined by the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH). Appendix 5-B, Standards for Water Wells (link leaves DEC website) contains specifications for location, construction, well yield, pumps, control of flowing wells, separation standards, abandonment/well decommissioning, and more. In addition to NYSDOH's well decommissioning requirements, please also see the NYS DEC water well decommissioning procedures. Another page of interest is the NYS DEC Pumping Test Procedures.

Consumer Protection

New York State Environmental Conservation Law ECL §15-1525 requires the following:

For more information, please view or download the DEC Consumer Protection Guide (PDF) (241 KB) for drilling or repairing a well.

Registered Water Well Contractors

A list of DEC registered contractors is available online.

To report an unregistered water well contractor, please visit the "Report an Environmental Problem" webpage.
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Technical Information For Consumers

The National Groundwater Association has useful information on many topics related to owning a well (link leaves DEC's website). Topics include well construction and well system components, drilling methods, maintenance and cleaning, water quality and quantity, treatment, and more.

Water Well Data

Water Well Data from the NYS Geographic Information System (GIS) Clearinghouse may be viewed on a map showing records of water wells in New York State. Please see the link at the right margin of this page under "Links Leaving DEC's Website". Additionally you may view DEC records of water wells in Google Earth (Note: upon clicking this link, look at the top-most position of the webpage for the "Water Wells" dataset).

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