Water Well Construction Commission

Protecting the general health, safety, and welfare of Arkansans by regulating water well construction and pump installation

Well Abandonment

Properly Abandoning a Water Well in Arkansas

When an owner of land abandons or ceases using a water well, he or she is required by law to either fill up the well or place a sturdy cover over the well to prevent animals and persons from falling into the well.

The AWWCC considers a well to be abandoned  when it is in such a state of disrepair that continued use for the purpose of obtaining ground water is impractical. 

Please submit a completed Arkansas Water Well Abandonment Form to the AWWCC after abandoning a water well. 

For more information, please read Water Well Abandonment Fact Sheet.

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