What if a Well Needs to be Drilled?
District rules require all new wells to register with the District prior to drilling. Oftentimes, a drilling company will register the well on your behalf but the responsibility falls on the landowner. Check with your driller. In addition, all new wells must comply with, or obtain a variance for, the following rules:
For all wells, the property must be at least 2 acres and the well must be drilled at least 50 feet from the nearest property line.
New Well: Exempt
A well is considered exempt from permitting, fee payment, metering and reporting if it meets the following criteria:
• Used solely for domestic use, livestock use, poultry use, or agricultural use
• Has a maximum designed production capacity of 17.36 gallons per minute or less used for any purpose of use other than public water supply
Any new well must be registered with the District and comply with the two acre minimum tract size and well spacing requirements.
The well owner will need to submit a well registration form and pay the non-refundable $500 registration fee. Exempt wells are not required to pay water use fees. However, if exempt well status is withdrawn, the District may assess fees and in accordance with the District Rules.
New Wells: Replacement Wells
A well cannot be replaced without prior authorization from the District. A replacement well must:
• Be within 50 feet of the location of the well being replaced
• Be completed and screened at an equal or greater depth than the well being replaced
• Not be larger in designed production capacity than the well and pump being replaced, unless the maximum designed production capacity is 17.36 gpm or less
• Immediately upon commencing operation of the replacement well, the well owner will cease all production from the well being replaced and will begin efforts to plug the well being replaced in compliance with the well plugging guidelines set forth in the Texas Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers Administrative Rules.
New Well: Non-Exempt
Beginning January 1, 2019, you must apply for and obtain an Operating Permit prior to drilling or operating a new, non-exempt well. Non-exempt wells are used for purposes other than domestic, livestock, poultry or agricultural use. The well owner will need to submit a well registration form, a $500 non-refundable registration fee, and an application for an Operating Permit with a fee of $1,000 per well. All permits must be renewed every 5 years with a $150 per well fee.