Water Well Program

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General Information

The Water Well Program at KDHE is administered by the Water Well Unit within the Geology Section.

The purpose of the Water Well Program is to provide for the exploration and protection of groundwater through the licensing and regulation of water well contractors in Kansas and to protect the health and general welfare of the citizens of Kansas. The program oversees the proper construction, reconstruction, treatment and plugging of water wells and to provide data on potential water supplies in Kansas. This is done by requiring well logs for all water well construction, reconstruction and plugging of wells within the state.

To become a Kansas Licensed Water Well Contractor requires submitting to KDHE a completed application, successful completion of a written exam and submitting the required fees to KDHE. After becoming a Licensed Water Well Contractor, the contractor is required to renew their license annually by submitting to KDHE a renewal application on a form provided by KDHE, filing all well records (WWC-5 form) for each well constructed, reconstructed or plugged during the previous year of licensure, satisfying the continuing education requirements and submitting the required fees.

Water Well Forms and Procedures

(Note: Some of the following files may require Adobe Acrobat).



Informational Circulars


Contact Information:

Richard Harper, Chief, Water Well Section, (785) 296-3565
Fax:  (785) 296-5509
Mailing Address:  KDHE - Geology & Well Technology, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612-1367


American Ground Water Trust (Ground Water Education)

Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Geological Survey

Kansas Department of Transportation

Ground Water Management Districts

Kansas Ground Water Association

Kansas State University

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National Ground Water Association

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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