Well Decommissioning


Abandoned and improperly sealed wells pose many different hazards. They are dangerous to humans and livestock. They can also be direct avenues for contaminants to pollute groundwater. It is extremely important that abandoned wells be adequately decommissioned. 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 cost of decommissioning an abandoned well. Payments are limited to $500 for 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.


The NPNRD board must approve applications before work can begin.

Well Decommissioning Application


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