Well Operation & Abandonment – 12/23/21

  • The Well Operation Permit is now available online and at Village Hall.
  • Instructions for filling out the Well Operation Permit Form:
    1. Print the Well Operation Permit Form or pick one up at Village Hall
    2. Print the standard DNR Form 3300-221 titled “Property Transfer Well and Pressure System Inspection. (Though the name of the form includes “Property Transfer,” filling this out does not mean you intend to sell your home or your well. Rather, this is a standard form used by DNR and well professionals for routine well inspections.)
    3. Contact a licensed well driller or pump installer (licensed professional) to inspect the well and complete forms.
    4. Have your licensed professional provide the DNR Well Construction Log or, if no log exists, complete the DNR Casing Depth Verification Report (these are standard forms that your licensed professional should be familiar with as part of their inspection services).
    5. Discuss with your licensed professional if any upgrades are required to your system in order to comply with NR 812 now, if necessary. Ask if there are other upgrades required in the future (information only).
    6. Collect a water sample for bacteriological analysis at a State Certified Lab. (Waukesha County Health Department is State Certified for bacteriological analysis, but the property owner or licensed professional can use another lab if desired.) The sample must be taken within 30-days prior to submitting the Well Operation Permit Form.
    7. Submit the Well Operation Permit form, including the attachments, to the Village Clerk along with the $25.00 fee. This form must be received within 90-days of connecting to municipal water.
    8. The Village Building Inspector will review the form. If acceptable, “Pending Approval” will be granted, indicating that you can proceed with the necessary work of separating private well plumbing from internal plumbing.
    9. Apply for necessary building permits (plumbing and/or electrical) to complete the necessary work of separating the plumbing.
    10. If using a licensed professional for plumbing work, have the licensed professional complete the cross-connection control survey in accordance with NR810.15.
    11. Once the work passes final building inspection, the Building Inspector will verify that the cross-connection control survey has been completed, or will complete the survey.
    12. The Well Operation Permit will be issued with “Final Approval” with an expiration date 5-years after the date of Final Approval
    13. Complete the required annual bacteriological testing each year and track the results on the Well Operation Permit Form. Turn in the results to the Village Clerk.
    14. Re-apply for a Well Operation Permit prior to the expiration of the 5-year term. A licensed professional must inspect the system as part of the renewal application, including a cross-connection control survey.
  • The well abandonment cost for wells abandoned within 90-days of the conversion to municipal water, or by June 30, 2022, whichever occurs first, will be covered by the Quarry Grant Fund.
  • Only properties on municipal water need to fill out the Well Operation Permit if the property owner intends to keep the well. The DNR requires municipalities that allow properties with municipal water to also have a private well to implement a well operation program.
  • The Village Board approved a revised Well Operation Permit ordinance on 11/8/21 that allows 90 days after conversion to municipal water to submit a permit to keep your well for outside use or abandon the well. If you intend to keep your well for outdoor use, tell Mid-City so they do not remove your pressure tank. Wells abandoned within that timeframe will still be 100% covered by the Quarry Grant Fund. Highlights of the proposed ordinance include:
    • The intent of the ordinance is to mimic DNR Code NR 812 for well construction.
    • The well only has to meet the construction requirements of the year it was built.
    • Per NR 812, at the time the well is serviced, the well has to be upgraded to current standards
    • The well is for outdoor use only, with no cross-connections for internal use.
    • An annual safe bacteria sample must be obtained.
    • Property owners will have the right to cure construction or bacteria issues.
    • The well is no longer a part of the well guarantee

Mid City Flow Chart for Keeping or Abandoning Your Private Well.

Mid City Flow Chart for Keeping or Abandoning Your Private Well.