Abandoned and Unsealed/Unused Wells

Unused and unsealed wells can be a conduit for surface water runoff, contaminated water, and improperly disposed of waste to reach your drinking water. What can you do?

  1. Inspect wells regularly for cracks in the casing.
  2. Make sure all well covers are securely in place.
  3. Landowners with an unused, unsealed well on their property should hire a state-licensed contractor to assess and properly seal their wells. The Minnesota Department of Health has a list of licensed well contractors. You can call them at 651-201-4600 or visit their website.
  4. Learn more about how to find and seal unsealed/unused wells by following this link for guidance.

Text Sources:
http://www.mrwa.com/SWP/BackyardFS22014saveform.pdf
http://www.groundwater.org/get-informed/basics/wells.html