Drinking Water
Kansas State University and the Southwest Kansas Local Environmental Planning Group (SWKLEPG) recommend annual
testing of domestic water wells.  Additional testing may be necessary if a change in taste, color or smell is detected.   

When a water sample is taken a well inspection is completed to determine the integrity and vulnerability of the well.
Numerous things have the potential to contaminate a well and the drinking water.

Causes can include:
  • flooding
  • well located down gradient of an animal confinement area
  • poor well location: i.e., in a barnyard, near fuel or chemical storage, near chemical mixing
  • well located down gradient of a failing wastewater (septic) system  

Abandoned wells have the potential to be a source of contamination to existing wells being used to supply  drinking water.  
There are many abandoned wells in Southwest Kansas. If you have a well that has been abandoned and would like
assistance on plugging it, contact your County Conservation District.
 Plugging abandoned wells will help insure
a safe water supply and is required by State Regulations.
Kansas Regulations

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) administers laws regulating construction, reconstruction, and
plugging of wells. Articles 12-K.S.A.82a-1212 and 1213 and 30-K.A.R. 28-30-4(a) and 28-30-7 specifically address
plugging of abandoned wells. The regulations provide instructions for all types of wells and aquifer conditions. Well drillers
and landowners alike are required by law to follow these procedures, which are available from

Kansas law requires that all abandoned wells and test holes be properly plugged. Proper plugging accomplishes five goals:

  1. Restores protective barrier to minimize groundwater contamination;
  2. Removes physical hazards by removing tempting openings for curious children and animals;
  3. Restores stability to the land surface, (load carrying capacity);
  4. Eliminates or reduces liability exposure; and
  5. Protects and improves property values.
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For more information contact your County
Conservation District.
Clark County
Finney County
(620) 275-0211
Hamilton County
Gray County
Stanton County
Hodgeman County
Current Southwest Kansas Testing Parameters:
  • E. Coli Bacteria
  • Coliform Bacteria
  • Nitrates
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Other tests are available upon request
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