Private Water Wells
More than a million homeowners in Pennsylvania depend on private water supplies for their drinking water needs. In Pennsylvania, protection and maintenance of a private well is basically the responsibility of the homeowner. Private wells are typically safe, dependable sources of water if sited wisely and constructed properly; however, there are no statewide construction or siting standards for private water wells.
- Recommendations for construction of private wells in bedrock (PDF 566 KB)
- Water Wells – an iConserve video about water wells by Gary Fleeger.
Water Well Drillers Licensing Program
- Licensing program summary
- Act 610 The Water Well Drillers License Act of 1955 (and its regulations)
- Frequently asked questions about water well drillers licensing and water well abandonment
- Drilling companies currently licensed to operate in Pennsylvania.
- Driller's license renewal can be done through the Internet-based application called WebDriller. The license year starts annually on June 1. For more information, please contact the Survey office at 717–702–2017 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Since 1966, drillers have been required to submit water well completion information describing the location and construction parameters of water wells drilled in Pennsylvania. As of June 1, 2009, all drillers must now use WebDriller to submit their water well completion reports. Finalized reports are transferred into the Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System (PaGWIS). If you are a driller and would like more information, please contact Jody Rebuck at 717–702–2073, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Water Well Abandonment
- Drillers also can submit well abandonment information through WebDriller. Others should send copies of the well abandonment form to Jody Rebuck mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the following address:
Pennsylvania Geological Survey
3240 Schoolhouse Road
Middletown, PA 17057
Completing Accurate Well Logs (for drillers)
Links to More Information on Private Water Wells
- Master Well Owner Network
- Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System (PaGWIS)
- Penn State Drinking Water Interpretation Tool
- Penn State Extension Private wells
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Private water wells
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Private water wells
- National Ground Water Association Wellowner.org
- Pennsylvania Ground Water Association PGWA