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Ground Water Resources Program >> For Water Well Drillers and Contractors

For Water Well Drillers and Contractors


Jamie Love
Geologist Supervisor

Bob Romero
Program Manager

Vacant
Administrative Assistant

Matthew Benoit
Engineer Intern

Teri Tharp
Environmental Impact Specialist

Vacant
Environmental Impact Specialist

Rob Frischhertz
Geologist

Chris Delmar
Geologist

Contact
Information

VOICE (225) 342-8244
FAX (225) 242-3505
Email gwater@la.gov

Water well
Compliance line

VOICE (225) 342-3019
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General Information

The primary goal of the Office of Conservation’s Water Wells program is to ensure the correct construction, installation, and registration of water wells in the state according to established rules and practices. The extensive regulations promulgated to oversee this effort are intended to guarantee not only the orderly development of Louisiana’s groundwater resources but also the protection of the quality and sustainability of these resources for the future.

The agency’s governing authority over water well construction and well driller licensure is found in Revised Statutes Title 38, Section 3098 (R.S. 38:3098 – Chapter 13-B: Subsurface Water – Well Drillers), which provides for the creation of “reasonable rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Chapter as well as for the proper drilling and abandonment of wells and holes.” The agency’s power is broad and extends to the issuance of compliance orders and civil penalties for improper adherence to the established rules, and even to the revocation of licensure, if necessary.

Below you will find information critical to the operation of the agency’s Water Wells program, including links to rules and regulations, important forms, and the licensing process. Our goal for this program is 100% compliance. The staff is here to assist you in meeting your particular compliance requirements. Please do not hesitate to call or write with any questions or concerns.

 
News & Announcements

New Website Streamlines Access to Important Information, October 10, 2014>>

Agency Reminder on Expectations and Obligations on Reporting Non-Compliance, October 10, 2014>>

New Tool for Water Well Installation & Reporting Compliance, July 21, 2014>>

Commissioner Amends South Caddo Order, June 30, 2014>>

 
Regulations

R.S. 38:3098>> Subsurface Waters -- Well Drillers.

LAC 56>> Water Well Registration, Construction, Plugging and Abandonment.

LAC 46>> Water Well Drillers - Licensing.

 
Forms

FORM DESCRIPTION
GWR-01 Water Well Notification Form Word PDF
GWR-03 Area of Concern Monthly Ground Water Usage Report Word PDF
GW-1 Water Well Registration LONG Form Word PDF
GW-1S Water Well Registration SHORT Form Word PDF
GW-2 Water Well Plugging and Abandonment Form Word PDF
VR Water Well Variance Request Word PDF
WWT Water Well Transfer Document Word PDF
Green Book Construction of Geomechanical Boreholes & Ground Water Monitoring Systems Handbook   PDF

 
SONRIS
To Access the Online Water Well Database:
Data Access >> Conservation >> Ground Water Information
GIS Access >>
OR Click on the Orange Box in the left side bar
 
Registration and Plugging and Abandonment

The contractor who drills or constructs a well or hole shall be responsible for registering that well or hole by submitting to the Office of Conservation a completed Water Well Registration Form (GW-1 or GW-1S) within 30 calendar days after completing such well or hole. Registration requirements shall apply to all water wells, regardless of yield or use, including but not limited to, public supply, domestic, irrigation/agriculture, power generation, rig-supply, observation, dewatering, monitoring, and heat pump supply wells, as well as test holes, abandoned pilot holes, and heat pump holes.

Likewise, a contractor who agrees to plug an abandoned well or hole for the well owner shall be fully responsible for plugging the well or hole in accordance with the rules, regulations and standards of LAC 56 and for completing and submitting a Water Well Plugging and Abandonment Form (GW-2) to the deparment within 30 calendar days after completion of the plugging operation. For additional information on water well registration and plugging and abandonment, see LAC 56 above.

Glossary of Terms >>
 
Prior Notification
The Office of Conservation requires a 60-day prior notification for the construction of all water wells in the state, with the exception of oil and gas rig supply, drought relief, replacement, and domestic wells. Thus, prior to the construction of water wells such as, but not limited to, those for industrial, public supply, irrigation, or de-watering purposes, the licensed driller must confirm that the Office of Conservation has received and responded to a water well installation notification to ensure the proper evaluation of pumping amounts and potential local impacts upon an aquifer or other wells in the area. For additional information on water well notification requirements, see LAC 43 - Ground Water Management.
Glossary of Terms >>
 
Licensed Water Well Drillers
Current list of Active Water Well Drillers Licensed with LDNR >>
 
Requirements to Obtain a Water Well Driller License
To Qualify, the Applicant must:
  1. Be 18 years of age or older
  2. Be of good, moral character
  3. Have a minimum of two years experience drilling water wells under the supervision of a licensed water well driller
  4. Complete an application in full and have it notarized
  5. Have two reference forms completed by licensed water well drillers
  6. Pay the $100.00 Application Fee (Check should be made out to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development)
  7. Attend a quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Regulation & Control of Water Well Drillers and discuss drilling plans with the Committee
  8. Take and pass the Water Well Drillers Test
Related Documents:
Water Well Drillers License Application Form >>
Water Well Drillers License Reference Form >>

For further questions, please contact Rob Frischhertz at (225) 219-0772.
 
Requirements to Maintain a Water Well Driller License

Each year, the Water Well Driller must:

  1. Complete and submit a License Renewal Form by June 30
  2. Pay the $100.00 License Renewal Fee (Check should be made out to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development) by June 30
  3. Complete 6 hours of approved Continuing Education
  4. Operate in compliance with all water well related regulations
Advisory Committee for the Regulation & Control of Water Well Drillers
Member List:
Complete list of Members According to the State Legislature >>
 
Upcoming Advisory Meetings:


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: LaSalle Building - 1st Floor Griffon Room
Contact: Stacey Dykes, (225) 342-8244
Click for Meeting Agenda

 
Past Advisory Committee Meeting Summaries:

2017 February 8th  Summary
     
2016 November 9th Summary
2016 August 10th  Summary
2016 May 11th Summary
2016 February 10th  Summary
     
2015 November 18th Summary
August 12th Summary
May 13th Summary
February 11th Summary
     
2014 November 12th Summary
August 13th Summary
May 14th Summary
February 19th Summary
     
2013 November 13th Summary
May 8th Summary
February 13th Summary
Older Meeting Summaries >>

Approved Continuing Education
LA Ground Water Association >> Contact: Joel Walton, (225) 744-4554
National Ground Water Association >>
National Drilling Association >>
International School of Well Drilling >>
RedVector >>
All Star Training >>

Note: Courses other than those offered at the links above may count as Continuing Education if they are drilling related and not specific to other state's rules and/or regulations. For questions about individual courses, please contact Rob Frischhertz at (225) 219-0772.
 
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