Water Well Standards

The Water Well Standards Act (12-5-120 thru 138) provides standards for the siting, construction, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of wells and boreholes to protect public health and water resources of the State. The Water Well Standards Advisory Council (Council), seven members appointed by the Governor and one member appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, is responsible for implementing the requirements of the Act, including the licensing of water well drillers, the certification of pump installers, the investigation of complaints, the collection of fees, and the application of penalties and fines.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) serves as Agent for the Council, and supports the Council by examining applications, issuing licenses and certifications, performing practical drilling examinations, and conducting investigations of complaints, and other duties following approval by the Council. EPD also maintains listings of active licensed water well drillers and active certified pump installers.

Water Well Standards Advisory Council Proposed Rule Amendments
The Council proposes amendments to Georgia’s Rules for the Water Well Standards Advisory Council, Department 770. The proposed amendments would provide various updates, reformatting and clarifications that refresh the rules and align them more closely with the Water Well Standards Act, O.C.G.A. §§ 12-5-120 et seq.  A Download this pdf file. public notice regarding the proposed rule amendments was published on September 8, with a public hearing to be held during the Council’s September 21, 2023 meeting and public comments due by October 13, 2023.  Pursuant to a Download this pdf file. second public notice , the Download this pdf file. proposed rule amendments will be considered for adoption by the Council at its meeting at 10:00 a.m. on January 17, 2024. The proposed rule amendments and a Download this pdf file. Synopsis and Statement of Rationale document provide further details for the public.

Contact: Edward Rooks, 229-391-2400

See a complete list of licensed water well contractors, certified pump contractors, and bonded drilling contractors

Water Well Contractor Licensing

Download this pdf file. Water Well Contractor New Application

Download this pdf file. Water Well Contractor Renewal Application for 2023-2025

Download this pdf file. Template for Water Well Contractor Performance Bond and Irrevocable Letter of Credit 2023-2025

Download this pdf file. Water Well Contractor License Number Transfer Application

How to Schedule an Exam          

Option 1:

Call the PSI Candidate Service Center at 1-800-211-2754.  You may be asked to leave a message so they can call you later.

Option 2:

Schedule an exam online.  Navigate to https://test-takers.psiexams.com/ngwa

For step by step instructions open the pdf attachment “ Download this pdf file. Options for scheduling an exam .”

Pump Contractor Certification

Drilling Contractors acting under a PG or PE (not drilling water wells)