Well Registration

The following is intended to provide general guidance to registrants and is not a substitute for the specific requirements of the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District Rules. This information should not be relied upon by a registrant in lieu of review and understanding of the District Rules.

Registration Process

  • Step 1 – Submit Application for Well Registration and deposits/fees to the District. (non-refundable $500 Well Registration Fee per well.)
  • Step 2 – District Manager reviews the Application for Well Registration and determines it to be administratively complete within five business days after the date of receipt of an Application for Well Registration and applicable fees are received.
  • Step 3 – Once the Application for Well Registration is approved or denied, the General Manager will inform the registrant in writing of the approval or denial, as well as whether the well meets the exemptions provided in the District’s Rules or whether it is subject to the metering, fee payment, permitting, and reporting requirements by phone, fax, or email.
  • Step 4 – A registrant has 120 days from the date of approval of its application to drill and complete the new well. Once drilling is complete, the driller’s completion report is due to the District within 60 days of completion.
  • Step 5 – Once the driller’s completion report is received by the District, the well registration process will be completed.

Water Production Reports and Fees (Non-exempt wells only)

The owner or operator of a non-exempt well must keep a log of the meter readings and pumpage so that it is available for inspection by the District at reasonable business hours.

Water Production Reports shall be submitted to the District semi-annually. Deadlines for submission of these reports and applicable fees are August 1 and February 1 of each year.

The District is offering a Monthly Reporting Incentive Program pursuant to Rule 7.0 for all non-exempt well owners who report their own meter readings online monthly. This program saves 10% on water use fees. You may sign up for this program in January of each year, and the reporting and fee payments are due by the last day of the following month (example: January’s reporting and payment is due by the last day of February). If a month is late or missed, the account will revert to Semi-Annual Reporting, and the discount will be forfeited.

Permitting Process

All non-exempt wells must obtain a permit. Existing non-exempt wells (wells with an approved registration prior to January 1, 2019) will obtain a Historic Use Permit. New wells will obtain an Operating Permit.

Failure to Make Payments

If a well is determined to be in violation of the District Rules for failure to make payment of Water Use Fees or Groundwater Transport Fees on or before the 60th day following the date such fees are due pursuant to Rule 7.3(a) or 7.4(b), the well owner or operator shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed three times the amount of the outstanding Water Use Fees or Groundwater Transport Fees due to owing, in addition to a late fee penalty, and may also be subject to additional enforcement mechanisms provided by law or by order of the Board.