Water Well Drilling Information
Revised: September 21, 2010
In the State of Utah, wells regulated by the State Engineer that are drilled to a depth of greater than 30 feet
must be constructed by a currently licensed Utah Licensed Well Driller. Moreover, a Utah Licensed Well Driller or
a Utah Licensed Pump Installer must perform installation and repair of pumps on wells regulated by the State Engineer
(A person who installs or repairs a well pump on the personís own property for the personís own use is not required to have a pump installer's license).
The State Engineer, through the Division of Water Rights, is responsible
for licensing requirements and well construction criteria and the promulgation
of the Administrative Rules for Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers. Specifically, the
drilling, construction, deepening, repair, renovation, replacement, cleaning,
development, abandonment, and pump installation/repair of the following well types, if greater than
30 feet deep, is regulated by the Administrative Rules for Water Wells and the applicable work must be completed by a licensed water well driller or licensed pump installer:
- Private Water Production Wells (e.g., domestic, stockwater, irrigation,
industrial, and commercial wells)
- Public Water System Supply Wells
- Recharge and Recovery Wells
- Cathodic Protection Wells
- Heating and Cooling Exchange Wells (Both closed-loop and open loop vertical systems)
- Test Wells and Monitoring Wells, and Piezometers
- Inclinometers and Dewatering Wells if they affect an established aquifer
Click here to view the Water Well Handbook
(24 megabytes, please wait for it to fully load). The Handbook includes
the Administrative Rules for Water Wells and other important well
information. This version of the Administrative Rules
for Water Wells has been in effect since April of 2011. The
purpose of these Rules is to assist in the orderly development of underground
water, insure minimum well construction standards, prevent pollution of
aquifers, and to obtain accurate records of regulated well acvtivities.
By law, well driller reports (Well Logs) and pump installation reports (Pump Logs), must be submitted to the
State Engineer on any work on wells drilled deeper than 30 feet. All data relating
to these reports are recorded in the Division of Water Right's well drilling
database and are available for viewing over the Internet or in person
at the Division's Salt Lake Office. Information recorded on the reports
includes lithology or geologic strata penetrated during the drilling process,
the location of water bearing strata, static and pumping water levels, pump data,
water quality and all materials and procedures used in the construction
of the well.
This website also offers links (left side of page) to other important
well drilling-related information including:
- Licensed Well Drillers and Pump Installers: Information on past and currently licensed
well drillers and registered operators including names, addresses, phone
numbers, drilling methods and current and past drilling activity. Well
logs, by driller, can also be accessed through this site.
- Administrative Drilling Rules: This page links to the official Administrative
Rules for Water Well Drillers (R655-4 UAC) on the State of Utah Division
of Administrative Rules website.
- Well Drilling Database: This page provides a well log search engine
by Section, Township, and Range as well as by map search. The coordinate
conversion tool (location calculator) can also be accessed from this
page. Alternatively, a search of well logs can also be done through
Rights Point of Diversion search engine located in the Water Rights
- Geologic Well Logs: A database of Geologic Well Logs is also being
developed under a cooperative arrangement between well drillers, Utah
Geological Survey, and the Division of Water Rights. These special
logs can also be found when doing a search in the well drilling database
and water right database.
- Well Drilling Statistics: This page provides statistics for certain
well drilling activities in table and chart format for information including
activity type, drilling method, water right area, and distribution over
time. Statistics on this page are updated when the data comes available.
Some data may be missing because it has not been process to date.
- Licensing and Registration: This page explains the process
of obtaining and renewing a well drillers license, pump installer license, and operator’s
registration. Pertinent forms can also be accessed from this page.
- Continuing Education: This page summarized the requirements
of the Utah licensed well driller/pump installer continuing education program and provides
pertinent forms as well as a schedule of upcoming education opportunities.
- Well Drilling Contacts: This page provides contact information for
staff within the Division who work directly with the well drilling program
as well as staff in the Division’s regional offices.