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Kansas Drilling Practices and Texas Well Water Safety

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Kansas drilling companies or individuals must be licensed; the regulations are different from city to city or State to State but within Kansas, in order to drill a well for water you must be registered with the state and the city you plan to drill in. This is a necessary precaution to ensure that only qualified people are drilling wells. Using a qualified driller is essential to maintaining a clean water source and preventing contamination. Another good reason to always employ professionals when digging a well; their know-how and expertise will save you money in the long run. A professional will do a proper survey and ensure you have chosen a location with a viable aquifer and that will save you the time and money involved in drilling test wells.

Kansas drilling is a highly regulated practice but many States, although not all, have rigorous protocols put in place for drilling activity. Texas is another place where drilling practices are strictly governed in order to preserve water quality. Texas well water quality is monitored by state associations if it is considered to be a public water supply, however, if you operate a private well then you are responsible for ensuring your water’s quality and safety. While they cannot prevent you from drilling for wells on your own land, the State can shut down a well if it is drilled improperly by an unlicensed individual. Texas well water has been monitored for the longest period of time, out of all the States. They have the oldest established committee that governs drilling practices in the State and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees all federal issues regarding ground water.

Something many people don’t know is that all ground water on your land, unless proven to come from an underground river source – is exclusively yours. You have the right to use and sell it as you see fit but if the underground aquifer extends past your property onto someone else’s you may be required to go to court for ownership rights or strike a deal with the neighboring land owner. On the other hand, all surface water; lakes, ponds and rivers are exclusively the property of the State, regardless of their location. As a land owner, specifically a farmer or rancher, it is in your best interest to maintain and monitor any surface water on your land. Although it is not yours by natural right, if there are any quality or contamination issues it could negatively affect your crops, livestock, pets or family. Your drinking water well should be located far enough away from an above ground water source as to avoid worry about cross-contamination issues. Otherwise, if the surface water becomes tainted it could affect your drinking water and vice versa.

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