Yes. All wells (regardless of use) must be registered unless the well has been permanently sealed. This includes domestic wells and windmills.
How often do I have to register my well and does it cost anything?
There is no charge for registering your well. A well needs to be registered only once; however, the District does need to be notified if there is a change in ownership.
What if I need to drill a new well?
You must register your new well PRIOR to drilling. Oftentimes, a drilling company will register the well on your behalf. Check with your driller.
What does the District do with the information on the registration form? The information helps to provide data for mapping of subsurface water levels and projecting water availability. The data is no different than what is required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations when a new well is drilled.
What do I need to do if I bought property that already has a well?
You will need to submit a completed Transfer of Well Ownership form to the District. Upon receipt, the District will make the revision. A blank form is provided under the Forms tab.
Step 1: Fill all blanks as thoroughly as possible.
Please include your email address in the event we need to contact you.
If the answer is unknown, please write "unknown" or "N/A."
Step 2: Sign and date completed registration.
Step 3: Submit form. Forms may be faxed to 979-732-9301, mailed to P.O. Box 667, Columbus, TX 78934, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the District office located at 910 Milam Street, Columbus, TX.
Helpful Tips for Completing a Well Registration Form
To assist in obtaining information needed to complete the registration form, please visit the Texas Water Development Board's website at http://wiid.twdb.state.tx.us/.
For water wells drilled before February 2001: From the TWDB's home page, select 'Groundwater Database'.To proceed, follow below instructions.
For water wells drilled after February 2001: From the home page, select 'Submitted Drillers Reports'. On the left side of the page, you’ll see ‘Search by Location’. To proceed, follow below instructions.
Instructions: On the left side of the page, you’ll see ‘Search by Location’. Select ‘Texas Counties’ and then type in ‘Colorado’ and 'Go'. You’ll be taken to a generic image of Colorado County. If you click in the part of the county where your well is located, you’ll get a close-up of the various quadrangles that cover the county. Click once more in the quadrangle where your well is located and it will zoom in again and this time, you’ll see hundreds of water well locations. Next, click the ‘Identify’ button (on the left, it is a circle with the letter ‘i’ within it). Then click on a well. You’ll see information come up on this well below the map. Once you get to the well of interest, click on the ‘Tracking Number'.
Latitude and Longitude (GPS) Coordinates: Coordinates may be found one of several ways;
1. You may use the GPS system of your vehicle if it is possible for you to drive up beside your well.
2. Many cell phones now have GPS capabilities and may be used to find coordinates.
3. Use Google Earth. Once on the web page, enter the address of the property that the well is located on. A satellite image of the property will appear and you may use the cursor to pinpoint the well location. The GPS readings will post at the bottom of the screen. The GPS format preferred by the District is degrees - minutes - seconds (Example: 98 04 53).
4. If you cannot locate the GPS coordinates with any of the means listed above then you may contact a local well driller. There may be a small fee, however, they will also be able to determine other information such as casing size, discharge pipe size, depth, gallons per minute and the horsepower of the pump being used.
GPM (gallons per minute) - Gallons per minute may be estimated by using a gallon bucket and filling that bucket as many times as possible in one minute. This is easiest done at an outside tap but may be done in a bath tub, if necessary.
Casing/Discharge Pipe Size - A normal household well will usually have a 4 inch casing with a 1 to 1 & 1/2 inch discharge pipe. If the well pumps over 17 gallons per minute, the casing and discharge pipe may be larger.
Well Depth - If you do not know the depth of your well, you will probably need to have a well driller take that reading for you. If you have a neighbor that has a well drilled near yours and they know the depth of their well, then you would have a close estimate of the depth of your own well.
Pump Size - Most household wells that produce 17 gallons per minute or less will have a 1 to 2 horsepower pump installed. Anything greater than 17 gallons per minute would be higher. You may often find the size of the pump located somewhere on the well housing.