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An open well is considered abandoned when it can no longer be used or when it has not been in use for two years or more. Cisterns and wells with wide openings pose a serious physical hazard, especially to children and animals. Contaminants can enter our groundwater through all types of abandoned wells, including drilled wells. Learn more about plugging abandoned wells.

Report abandoned wells online

A feature is available using the online “Report an Environmental Concern” form that allows reporting of abandoned wells. To aid in location of the well, please provide GPS latitude and longitude coordinates when possible. You may add your email address if you would like to be contacted; otherwise, reporting is anonymous.

Cost-share funding available

The department's Soil and Water Conservation program has funds available for plugging water wells. The primary funding for these cost-share practices comes from the one-tenth-of-one-percent parks, soils and water sales tax. Details about the cost-share program are available at local district offices. Locate district offices at