WATER WELL ABANDONMENT PROCEDURES


Here at Northeast Water Wells, Inc. we are trained professionals that are equipped with the knowledge and tools to properly decommission any size well. It is imperative when abandoning a well to use a trained and licensed professional, due to the legality aspects in all states.

Wells are removed from service for a number of reasons, including construction of a replacement well, deconstruction of the building being served, failure of the well to produce safe drinking water, failure to meet state codes and standards, relocation of septic systems or when a community water system is extended to an area formerly serviced by individual private wells.

The following are some of the reasons wells need to be properly abandoned:

  • In Massachusetts and New Hampshire it is required by law that you have a professional abandoned the well. The paperwork must be submitted to prove this.
  • An abandoned well can directly channel surface contaminates into the groundwater if not properly filled with an impermeable material. Normally, this contaminated water is naturally purified in the upper layers of the soil however, if the well is not properly abandoned than the water bypasses this action thus directly contaminating the groundwater.
  • Groundwater flows in soil and bedrock formations more commonly know as aquifers, contamination that enters non abandoned wells can move into nearby active wells contaminating them as well.
  • After a well gets covered it is nearly impossible to find it and determine if it is a current source of possible contamination.
  • Improperly abandoned flowing wells can be a nuisance and may lower the water tables in nearby wells.

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