Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers

A water well driller is a person who drills, bores, cores, or constructs a water well. The term includes an owner, an operator, a contractor, or 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.


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News and Updates

Commission Re-Adopts Administrative Rules

At their meeting held March 3, 2021, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 76, Water Well Drillers and Water Well Pump Installers, effective March 15, 2021.

The rule review adoption was published in the March 26, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 2050).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Water Well Drillers and Water Well Pump Installers program to review the rule review adoption.

Winterizing Your Well

One of the lessons learned from the February 2021 winter storm that impacted Texas is that winterizing equipment is important. TDLR urges private well owners to take the time to weatherproof all vital above ground components as soon as possible if they haven’t already done so. Good thermal protection can help to protect your equipment from extreme cold and the Texas summer heat. Read more at wellowner.org.

Continuing Education for Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TDLR is providing a clarification regarding the use of virtual instruction for continuing education of Water Well Driller and Pump Installer licensees.

Continuing education providers are allowed to use a virtual delivery method to provide any approved continuing education course. After TDLR approves the initial course submission, no additional approval is required to use virtual instruction.

A continuing education provider:

  • is responsible for ensuring that proper credit is reported for all participants and for verifying attendance;
  • is not required to provide any attendance reports or documents directly to TDLR other than reporting the completions using our online reporting system; and
  • has discretion to use an analytic report, roll call, face verification, attendance questions, or any other option to verify attendance.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Private Wells Under Flood Waters

If you own a private water well and the well was under flood waters, you may want to have the well tested or disinfected. Download the Well Disinfection Guide (PDF)


Advisory Council Meetings

January 18, 2019 Meeting

The Texas Water Well Drillers Advisory Council met January 18, 2019 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.