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For Water Well Owners

General Information

The primary goal of the Office of Conservation’s Water Wells program is to ensure the correct construction, installation, registration, and plugging and abandonment of water wells in the state according to established rules and practices. To this end, the agency oversees water well driller licensure to ensure technical competency in the field and works with both well drillers and well owners to promote adherence to state regulations. 

Below you will find information explaining the responsibilities of water well owners under state law here in Louisiana, along with links to rules, forms, and other relevant material. IT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR WELL OWNERS TO REMEMBER THAT THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PRIVATE WATER WELLS, ALONG WITH THE TESTING OF WATER QUALITY WITHIN SUCH WELLS, RESTS COMPLETELY WITH THE WELL OWNER, NOT THE LOCAL OR STATE GOVERNMENT.

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Responsibilities of a Water Well Owner

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 WELL OWNER must submit a water well installation notification to the Office of Conservation and receive approval from the agency before beginning construction. This prior notification provides agency staff with the opportunity to conduct a proper evaluation of proposed pumping amounts and any potential impacts upon the local aquifer or other wells in the area.

The agency does require licensed water well drillers to confirm that the Office of Conservation has received and responded to a water well installation notification, although the responsibility for notification belongs solely to the WELL OWNER.

For additional information on water well notification requirements, see LAC 43 - Ground Water Management.

  1. Review the instructions on the second page of the Water Well Notification Form (GWR-01) to determine the well use type and if the notification is required to be submitted either 60 days prior to drilling the water well or 60 days post-construction.
    60 Day Prior Notification:
    1. Dewatering
    2. Frac Water Supply
    3. Industrial
    4. Irrigation
    5. Power Generation
    6. Public Supply
    60 Day Post Notification:
    1. Domestic
    2. Drilling Rig Supply
    3. Drought Relief
    4. Replacement
    Note: Converting a drilling rig supply well to a frac water supply well or other well use except for domestic use also requires 60 days prior notification.

    View the Flowcharts below for specific instructions on certain well types.
    Agriculture Water Well Notification Flowchart
    Industrial Water Well Notification Flowchart
    Drilling Rig Water Well Notification Flowchart
    Public Supply Water Well Notification Flowchart

    Agriculture Drought Relief Well Order >>
    Conservation Order No. 2009-GW001 concerning the installation of drought relief wells for agricultural purposes.
  2. Complete and submit the Water Well Notification Form to the Office of  Conservation as specified by well use type.

Louisiana law requires that all new water wells constructed in the state, and older wells that have been re-worked, be registered with the Office of Conservation. A Water Well Registration Form is to be submitted to the agency within 30 days of completion. Additional information regarding water well registration can be found on the Water Well Drillers webpage.

Owners of un-registered water wells (constructed prior to November 1, 1985) are likewise encouraged to register their wells with the agency. Registration ensures proper tracking, safeguards the environment from potential contamination, and guarantees the well owner a voice in the evaluation process when new water well notifications for the area arrive at the Office of Conservation.

To see if your water well is registered, you may access the SONRIS online database by following the links below:

Data Access >> Conservation >> Ground Water Information
GIS Access >>
OR Click on the Orange Box in the left side bar

Report all changes of information including changes in use or transfers of ownership by submitting a Water Well Notification Form, checking Box B for 'Information Change from earlier form', and filling in the appropriate areas on the form.


The plugging and abandonment of water wells must be conducted by a licensed Water Well Driller in accordance with the rules and regulations found in LAC 56 (Chapter 5, Section 511), with only certain exceptions. The WELL OWNER has the responsibility to ensure the proper plugging of a water well within 90 days of abandonment. The licensed Water Well Driller shall notify the Office of Conservation within 30 days of the completion of this work.

Again, the WELL OWNER is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the water well, as well as for any water quality testing that may be desired. For more information, see:

Private Water Well Testing in Louisiana >>
DHH Drinking Water Watch Database >>

GWR-01>> Water Well Notification Form
WWT PDF>> Water Well Transfer Document PDF
WWT WORD>> Water Well Transfer Document Word
GW-2>> Water Well Plugging and Abandonment Form
GWR-03>> Area of Concern Monthly Ground Water Usage Report
Licensed Water Well Drillers
Current list of Active Water Well Drillers Licensed with LDNR >>
Additional Information
  • Area of Concern Monthly Ground Water Usage Reports >>
    Monthly Ground Water Usage Reports are required for owners of non-domestic water wells in an area of ground water concern. Owners of each non-domestic water well in an area of ground water concern must submit a monthly report (within 60 days of the end of the report month on forms to be provided by the Office of Conservation) to the Commissioner showing the amount of water pumped on a monthly basis and the purpose for which it was used. The static water level in the well shall be reported when such information is available to the owner.
  • FAQs >>
    Frequently Asked Questions from Prospective and Current Well Owners
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