An abandoned or improperly decommissioned wells are a safety hazard that can cause serious injury or even death.  Children and pets have can fall into these wells and if not properly decommissioned, abandoned wells can cause groundwater contamination. The following are reasons for properly decommission an abandoned well;

  • A water well replacement due to failure of the well to produce water
  • The addition of a municipal water system to a building formerly served by private wells
  • Demolition or abandonment of the building formerly using a water well

In many states, the law will hold the property owners responsible for any injuries sustained or groundwater contamination caused by an improperly decommissioned well. To better understand your responsibilities as the owner of an abandoned well and to learn more about the decommissioning process, contact a Skillings & Sons expert.