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For information on high capacity wells, contact:
Water use program staff
DNRHiCapApplications@wisconsin.gov
608-266-2299

High capacity well application and instructions

A high capacity well is a well that has the capacity to withdraw more than 100,000 gallons per day, or a well that, together with all other wells on the same property, has a capacity of more than 100,000 gallons per day. Residential wells and fire protection wells are excluded from the definition of a high capacity well, and their pumping capacities are not included in the calculation of a property's well capacity.

Prior approval needed

In accordance with sections NR 812.09(4)(a) & (b), Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR], prior department approval is necessary for the construction or operation of a high capacity well system, school well or wastewater treatment plant well.

How to apply for a high capacity well

An applicant requesting approval to construct a new high capacity well or well system or increase pump capacity in a previously approved high capacity well must complete one of the applications found below and submit a $500 fee made payable to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as part of the application. Applications and fees should be mailed to the address listed in the upper left-hand corner of the application forms or in the instruction packages found below.

An application for a high capacity well system, well for a school or well for a wastewater treatment plant should be made on the appropriate form, as follows.

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How to apply for a dewatering well

An applicant requesting approval to construct a new high capacity dewatering well must complete the applications found below and submit a $500 fee made payable to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as part of the application. Applications and fees should be mailed to the address listed in the upper left-hand corner of the application forms or in the instruction packages found below.

Last revised: Wednesday November 01 2017