News Release 557

Water well owners’ alert issued by Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Volume 38-557 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler
573-368-2118

ROLLA, MO, SEPT. 23, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources advises water well owners who had a well drilled by Iberia Well Drilling, an agent of the company or its owner, Scottie Wilson, to immediately contact the department’s Division of Geology and Land Survey at 573-368-2115.

Wilson is no longer permitted with the state of Missouri to operate as a well installation contractor. It is especially important for individuals who contracted with Wilson or his company  to contact the department if they have not received a state certification number for their water well.

The Missouri Water Well Driller's Act became law in 1985. It established well construction standards and requires drillers and pump installers to be permitted by the state. 

The law was created to protect Missouri groundwater from contamination due to improperly constructed wells, which may act as conduits for near-surface contaminants to enter an aquifer from above. Contaminated groundwater exposes Missourians of all ages to serious health risks that can result from water-borne diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, hepatitis and giardiasis.

The department did not renew Wilson’s permit as a well installation contractor after the business failed to return to compliance following several outstanding violations.

After wells have been constructed, the driller and pump installer are required to submit a well certification and pump information record to the department.  Upon receipt of the records by the department's Wellhead Protection section, the well construction record is examined for adherence to the established minimum construction standards.  If the well is constructed properly, a certification number is issued and mailed to the well owner. 

For additional information please contact the department’s Division of Geology and Land Survey at 573-368-2165 or 800-361-4827. Learn more about water well drilling at our website dnr.mo.gov/geology/geosrv/wellhd/.

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