A. The City of Austin adopted a the new Water Wells Ordinance (i.e., 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. A up-to-date registry of water wells will also enable 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 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.
A. A water well is considered “Existing” if the water well was completed before October 22, 2012 - the effective date of the ordinance. The owners of existing water well are required to submit the Water Well Registration Form with required attachment no later than April 20, 2013 (180 days after the effective date of the ordinance).
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 shall be completed by the owner and submitted no fewer than 5 business days prior to any work on a water well.
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.
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); and Chapter 6-5 (Water Quality).