Water Well Program

Pam Chaffee, Professional Geologist   
Water Well Program Manager
Geology & Well Technology, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66612-1367
Office:  (785) 296-3565
Fax:  (785) 559-4258

General Information

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

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.

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Kansas Licensed Water Well Contractors

How to Obtain a Kansas Water Well Contractor License (contact Pam Chaffee at 785-296-3565 or Pam.Chaffee@ks.gov)

How to Renew a Kansas Water Well Contractor License (contact Deb Biester at 785-296-5524 or Debra.Biester@ks.gov)

Changes for the water well contractor license renewals are happening, beginning with the 2020-2021 renewal period:

  • Water well contractor license renewal will be on-line, using the Kansas On-Line Automated Reporting system (KOLAR), if you are already registered in KOLAR to submit WWC-5 forms, you do not need to re-register.
  • Instructions on how to register for KOLAR: click this link Instructions for Registering with KOLAR (new 4/2020)
  • Complete your KOLAR registration by May 1st at http://kolar.kgs.ku.edu
  • KOLAR will generate an automated email with a link to the online renewal application to those who have completed their registration on May 15, 2020.
  • If you are a registered KOLAR user for the KCC and are unsure of your status in KOLAR as a registered user for the water well program contact Deb Biester.
  • Have questions? Contact Deb Biester at Debra.Biester@ks.gov
  • If you are unable to complete your CEUs for this year due to COVID-19, you may reach out to KGWA to get an extension. The forms have been sent to all who have not completed their Education requirement and additional forms are available from the KGWA at ksgroundwater.com.

WWC-5/WWC-5P Forms  

*** Hard copies will no longer be furnished - use one of the reporting methods listed below ***

Note:  If you do not have a computer, call 785-296-5524 or 785-296-3565 and ask that a blank copy be sent to you.  You may reproduce the copy for your record submittals.  You will need to make copies as follows:  1st copy will be mailed to KDHE, Geology & Well Technology Section, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612-1367, 2nd copy needs to be sent to landowner, and a 3rd copy will be retained by you for your files.


“Saltwater Contamination Advisory - As the result of historic oilfield brine contamination, saltwater may be encountered when constructing a water supply well into the Permian bedrock in the areas listed below and as depicted on the maps listed.  Very high chloride concentrations can be present in the Permian bedrock making this water unusable and posing a significant risk to the environment if encountered.  Groundwater high in chloride concentration may also be encountered in the overlying unconsolidated aquifer, limiting the use of this groundwater for most purposes.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment believes water wells should not be constructed in these areas because encountering the saltwater could result in additional adverse impacts to the environment, the water is not usable and encountering the contaminated groundwater could spread the contamination.

For additional information, persons may contact the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 785.296.3565 or the Kansas Corporation Commission at 620.225.8888.”

Databases and Mapping Applications

Forms Request

Geothermal Wells

LEPP County Sanitarians

Upcoming Seminars, Expos, Conferences, Workshops and Training Sessions

Private Water Well Help

Water Well Testing

Water Well Forms and Procedures

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



Informational Circulars



American Ground Water Trust (Ground Water Education)

Kansas Association of Conservation Districts

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Geological Survey

Kansas Department of Transportation

Ground Water Management Districts

Kansas Ground Water Association

Kansas State University

     KSU Extension Bulletins 

National Ground Water Association

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)