Mississippi law requires that anyone who drills wells, either water wells or specialty wells (such as monitoring wells or geothermal wells for heat pumps), must be licensed by DEQ. DEQ offers these tips (among others) when hiring a well driller.
- Make sure the driller and/or pump installer is licensed by DEQ.
- Insist on a written proposal with the driller. It should include cost estimates for all the activities, including the costs for abandoning, if necessary; the estimated depth of the well; the pump size to be installed and the guaranteed minimum volume of water supply and acceptable discharge pressure; who will be responsible for connecting the pump to the existing electrical service and to the owner’s existing water lines; how the well will be developed; the testing that will be performed by the driller to ensure the well supplies the required volume of water; the disinfection procedure to be used; and who will be responsible for the cleanup of the drilling site upon completion.
- After the well is completed and before the driller removes his or her equipment from the site, you should inspect the well and obtain documentation from the driller, including a copy of the water quality report and a copy of the state well report form (driller’s log).
INFO: Contact DEQ’s Tommie Whitten at 601-961-5210.