Well Registration Requirements
The District will not require a permit for drilling or producing from a well so long as the well is one of the following:
- For a well located on a tract of land platted before September 1, 2002 and used solely for domestic use or for providing water for livestock or poultry, and that is drilled, completed, or equipped so that it is incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons of groundwater a day. Also, the tract of land cannot already have an existing working well. If the tract contains an abandoned well that well must be plugged to District and TDLR rules or specifications. The lot size exemption applies only to tracts of land platted before September 1, 2002. For lots platted after September 1, 2002, a track size of five acres or more will be required for a registered well. Wells must adhere to all spacing and construction requirements mandated by both State and District rules, policies, and requirements.
- A Well located on a tract of land, platted on or after September 1, 2002, of 5 acres or more and used solely for Domestic Purposes and/or for providing water for Livestock or poultry, and that is drilled, completed, or equipped so that it is incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per day. There cannot be another water well located on the same 5 acres. Any abandoned wells must be plugged to District and TDLR rules or specifications. For multiple water wells on the same tract of land over 5 acres there shall be a minimum of 5 acres per well to help ensure the wells will still be considered as exempt /registered wells.
- Wells with more than 3 and less than 15 residential connections, and are not considered public water supplies, must be permitted by the District as a Community Shared Well.
- A well used solely to supply water for a rig that is actively engaged in drilling or exploration operations for an oil or gas well permitted by the Railroad Commission of Texas, or it’s successors, provided that the person holding the permit is responsible for drilling and operating the water well, and that the well is located on the same lease or field associated with the drilling rig. The well must be registered and comply with all Rules of the District for construction and reporting of volumes pumped.
- A water well authorized under a permit issued by the Railroad Commission of Texas, or it’s successors, under Chapter 134, Natural Resources Code, or for production from such a well to the extent that the withdrawals are required for mining activities regardless of any subsequent use of the water.
- Wells must adhere to all spacing, construction, and usage requirements mandated by both State and District rules, policies, and requirements.