Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers

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The Water Well Drillers Advisory Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda will be posted when it has been finalized. The meeting will be broadcast and available via RealPlayer or on TDLR's web site.

TDLR proposes amendments to the Water Well Drillers and Water Well Pump Installers program rules (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 76, §§76.10, 76.20, 76.21, 76.25 - 76.28, 76.70, 76.78, 76.80 and 76.100). The proposed amendments and new rules are necessary to implement changes made by House Bill 930 to Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 1901 and 1902. The proposed amendments and new rules are published in the September 18, 2015, issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 6261). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until October 19, 2015. The Department encourages anyone interested in the Water Well Drillers and Water Well Pump Installers program to review the rule proposal.


House Bill 930, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, affects the Water Well Driller and Pump Installer programs regulated through Chapters 1901 and 1902, Occupations Code. The changes to these statutes become effective on September 1, 2015. The most substantial change made by HB 930 is that it authorizes the Commission to establish an Apprentice Driller and Installer program by rule. In addition, the bill amended the law to allow drillers to submit well logs electronically to the required agencies. Throughout the summer and fall, the Department will be in the process of implementing these changes into its rules, forms, enforcement process and frequently asked questions. Any proposed rule changes will be discussed with the Advisory Board and published for public comment. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) page for more information.

1. What is a Well Driller/Pump Installer Apprentice?
An apprentice is an individual registered by the Department to act or offer to act as a driller or installer under the supervision of, and pursuant to a training program developed by the supervising licensed driller or pump installer.

2. When will TDLR begin accepting applications for the Apprentice Program?
TDLR will begin accepting applications May 2, 2016.

House Bill 930 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 1901 and 1902, relating to water well drillers and pump installers; authorizing fees.  House Bill 104 and the changes to Chapters 1901 and 1902 became effective September 1, 2015. TDLR encourages all persons interested in the water well drillers and pump installers program to review the updated Occupations Code, Chapter 1901 and Chapter 1902.

The Water Well Drillers Advisory Council met August 26, 2015 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports have been posted. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube page or with RealPlayer.

A Water Well Driller drills, bores, cores, or constructs a water well. It includes an owner, an operator, a contractor, and a drilling supervisor. A Pump Installer installs or repairs well pumps and equipment. For more information about the Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers program, e-mail TDLR at water.well@tdlr.texas.gov.

Abandoned and/or Deteriorated Wells - Abandoned and/or deteriorated wells not only serve as conduits or channels for contamination to reach groundwater, but these wells can also be a hazard to human and animal life.

(1) "Abandoned well" means a well that is not in use. A well is considered to be in use if:

(A) the well is not a deteriorated well and contains the casing, pump, and pump column in good condition;

(B) the well is not a deteriorated well and has been capped;

(C) the water from the well has been put to an authorized beneficial use, as defined by the Water Code;

(D) the well is used in the normal course and scope and with the intensity and frequency of other similar users in the general community; or

(E) the owner is participating in the Conservation Reserve Program authorized by Sections 1231-1236, Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. Sections 3831-3836), or a similar governmental program.

(2) "Deteriorated well" means a well that, because of its condition, will cause or is likely to cause pollution of any water in this state, including groundwater.

More information about abandoned or deteriorated wells is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page. For more information about the Abandoned Well Notification Program, e-mail TDLR at abandoned.well@tdlr.texas.gov.