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Monitoring Well Drillers Program

West Virginia presently requires all monitoring well drillers that operate within the state to be certified by the state (47CSR59 MONITORING WELL RULES effective April 9, 2010). In other words, there is currently no certification reciprocity between the State of West Virginia and another state.

A monitoring well is defined as being any cased excavation or opening into the ground made by digging, boring, drilling, driving, jetting or other methods for the purpose of determining the physical, chemical, biological or radiological properties of groundwater. This would also include piezometers and observation wells which were installed for purposes other than those listed above, but does not include wells whose primary purpose is to provide a supply of potable water.

A certified monitoring well driller is the individual operating the drilling rig when drilling, constructing, altering or abandoning (i.e., properly or improperly closing) a monitoring well or a high-risk borehole in accordance with 47CSR59 or 47CSR60.

To be eligible for certification, an individual must:

  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of two (2) years of monitoring well drilling experience under the supervision of a certified monitoring well driller or have 6 months of monitoring well drilling experience that includes properly installing at least 15 monitoring wells and properly abandoning at least 10 monitoring wells under the supervision of a West Virginia certified monitoring well driller.

  • Pass a written examination with a grade of 70% or better to assure the WV Department of Environmental Protection Secretary that the applicant is thoroughly familiar with all requirements of applicable laws, regulations, and design standards pertaining to monitoring well drilling and construction and borehole abandonment. Examinations are administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Source Water Program in Charleston, WV, quarterly following a training course for review and both are free of charge. To register, submit Form EW-122 (April 2012). You may contact Source Water Program staff Richard Shaver at (304) 356-4296 Richard.K.Shaver@wv.gov for more information.

  • Apply for certification from the WV Department of Environmental Protection at (304) 926-0440. Additional contact information upon request.
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