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

High capacity well reconstruction

To "reconstruct" a well means to modify its original construction, including deepening, lining, installing or replacing a screen, and underreaming (s. 281.34(1)(ek), Wis. Stats.).

Steps to take to complete a reconstruction of a high capacity well

All high capacity wells must be constructed in compliance with current code requirements (ch. NR 812, Wis. Adm. Code [exit DNR]).

If the reconstructed well will be completed to substantially the same depth and specifications as the original well:

  • No department approval is required per s.281.34(2g)(a), Wis. Stats.
  • Within 90 days following reconstruction activities, submit a new well construction report, including the original Wisconsin Unique Well Number and high capacity well number.
  • The department will assign a new high capacity well number to the reconstructed well and provide the owner with the new well information for future reference.

If the reconstructed well will be completed to a substantially different depth or specifications from the original well:

  • Prior department approval is required. However, reconstructions do not require a new high capacity well application or fee.
  • Contact the department about the project and submit well reconstruction details in writing (e.g., via email at DNRHiCapApplications@wisconsin.gov).
  • The department will review the reconstruction details for code compliance and, if acceptable, provide an email approving the well reconstruction.
  • Within 30 days following reconstruction activities, submit a new well construction report, including the original high capacity well number.
Last revised: Tuesday October 10 2017