Well construction & licensing

WA Counts 2020Respond to the 2020 Census now. An accurate count of Washington residents will ensure the fair distribution of political representation and of federal and state resources.

Help us ensure that Everyone Counts in 2020.

We regulate well construction to ensure safe drinking water, protect water resources, and provide minimum standards for the drilling industry. Our work involves:

  • Licensing drillers.
  • Inspecting well projects.
  • Administering enforcement.
  • Evaluating and changing regulations through our Well Construction Technical Advisory Group.

We also provide educational resources to property owners who want to drill a new well, maintain a well, or close down (decommission) an unused well.

Well drillers and property owners have the responsibility to ensure safe, legal access to groundwater. Water is not a property right in Washington state. There are many competing uses of water; parts of the state may not have enough water available for new wells or may be closed to future withdrawals.

Well information & resources