A. The City of Austin adopted the Water Wells Ordinance (Chapter 15-12 of the Austin City Code) to ensure that public and private potable water systems are not interconnected with any public or private potable water system without necessary backflow prevention controls. This ordinance is intended to prevent threats to public health and safety by making sure that all trade permits (plumbing and electrical permits) are obtained as required. An up-to-date registry of water wells also enables better tracking of water well locations within the City for potential further study of groundwater use and quality issues within our community.
A. A water well is considered “New” if the drilling, re-drilling, plugging or capping is completed after the effective date of the ordinance - October 22, 2012. For all such new water wells, an Advance Notice of Water Well Activity Form must be submitted no fewer than five (5) business days before the regulated water well activity. After completion, each owner of a new water well is also required to submit the Water Well Registration Form with required attachments no more than 70 days after the water well is completed.
Wells completed before October 22, 2012 were required to have been registered by April 20, 2013.
A. Before a new water well is drilled or an existing water well is re-drilled, plugged or capped the property owner shall provide the director advance notice prior to starting the work. This Advance Notice of Water Well Activity Form must be completed by the owner and submitted no fewer than five (5) business days prior to any work on a water well.
A. The Director may allow a person a longer period within which to register an existing water well for good cause as determined by the Director. See section 15-12-21 of the regulations.
A. The Water Well Registration Form is required for each of the following types of water wells: Domestic, Public Supply, Industrial, Stock and Irrigation.
Registration is not required for injection wells, geothermal wells, de-watering wells, test wells, monitoring wells, or environmental soil boring projects.
A. A copy of the property plat showing location and a State of Texas Well Report
A. Yes, each water well driller is required to register with the city as a requirement of drilling constructing, repairing, plugging or capping any new or existing water well or installing or repairing any water well pump. Please refer to the Water Well Driller and Water Well Pump Installer Registration Form.
A. Yes, each water well pump installer is required to register with the city as a requirement of installing or repairing any water well pump. Please refer to the Water Well Driller and Water Well Pump Installer Registration Form.
A. Any type of alterations to water well shall be done so in conformance with all relevant city code provisions, including but not limited to:
- Chapter 15-1 (Cross Connection Regulations)
- Local building, plumbing and electrical codes within Chapter 25-12 (Technical Codes)
- Chapter 6-5 (Water Quality).
A. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Austin Water Special Services Division at 512-972-1060 (option 5 – Industrial Waste/Water Protection, then option 1 – Water Protection/Cross Connection) so that one of our representatives can assist you.