Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers

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The Water Well Drillers Advisory Council met November 4 in Austin. The agenda and the staff report is available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel

Notice of Vacancy on Water Well Drillers Advisory Council

TDLR announces a vacancy on the Water Well Drillers Advisory Council (Council) established by the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1901. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 TAC §76.65. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on the contents of the licensing examination, the evaluation and recommendation of standards for continuing education programs, and rules for adoption by the Commission relating to the regulation of drillers registered under this chapter. This announcement is for a public member.

The Council is composed of nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the approval of the Commission. The Council consists of the following:

(1) Six licensed drillers who are residents of this state. One driller shall be selected from the state at large and one of each of the remaining five drillers shall be selected from the

i. Gulf Coast,
ii. Trans-Pecos,
iii. Central Texas,
iv. Northeast Texas, and
v. Panhandle-South Plains areas.

(2) Three members must be representatives of the public.

A person is not eligible for public membership if the person or the person’s spouse is licensed by an occupational regulatory agency in the field of well drilling, or is employed by, participates in the management of, or has, other than as a consumer, a financial interest in a business entity or other organization related to the field of well drilling.

Members serve staggered six-year terms expiring September 15.

Interested persons should submit an online application. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

Issued in Austin, Texas on October 19, 2016.

Brian Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

TDLR is reviewing the Water Well Drillers and Pump and Installers program (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 76) for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers program to review the Notice of Intent and current Chapter 76 rules. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov The deadline for comments is October 3, 2016.

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.