Abandoned and improperly sealed wells pose many different hazards. They are dangers to humans and livestock. They can also be direct avenues for contaminates to pollute ground water. It is extremely important that abandoned wells be decommissioned properly. Decommissioning means properly sealing, filling and capping unused water wells to eliminate the possibility of groundwater contamination or human injury.
This program reimburses landowners (including public entities such as municipalities) up to 75 percent of the actual cost of decommissioning an abandoned well. Payments are limited to $300 for wells up to 12 inches in diameter, $400 for larger wells and $700 for hand-dug wells.
The work must be performed by a state-registered well driller or pump contractor and must comply with standards established by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Applications must be approved by the NPNRD board before work can begin.