Regulations and Technical Guidance for Sealing Unused Water Wells and Boreholes

Unused or abandoned water wells or boreholes are those that are no longer in service or are in such a state of disrepair that continued use for the purposes of accessing ground water is unsafe or impracticable. Abandoned wells can be found almost anywhere: on farms, industrial sites, and in urban areas. Those marked by windmill towers and old hand pumps are easy to spot. Many lie hidden beneath weeds and brush. These wells are open traps waiting for unsuspecting children, hunters, and animals (Gordon, 1988). No accurate accounting of abandoned wells exists for the State of Ohio.

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