Plugging Abandoned Wells

Do you have a well on your yard or out in a field that is no longer in use? Or one that is in a state of disrepair? Did you know that there is cost share money available to plug abandoned wells? Plugging a well is a fairly simple and inexpensive job which can help protect our drinking water for years to come. 

Wells are direct pathways to our drinking water supply. When unused or abandoned wells are not plugged, they act as a direct pathway to our drinking water supply. These direct pathways bypass the natural filtering process, normally provided by earthen materials. Surface water and shallow ground water can contain bacteria, parasites, viruses, and chemical contaminants. No one wants these contaminants in their drinking water. 

Having an abandoned well on your property is not only a liability, but also a safety hazard to people, pets, livestock, and equipment/vehicles. Call your local County Engineer to find out more on how to get an unused well plugged today.

Written by: Jeff Koops, Nutrient Management Specialist/TSP