Well Driller's Commission
The Maine Well Drillers Commission was created by an act of the Legislature in 1994 to protect drinking water and groundwater quality by establishing standards for well location and construction and minimum requirements for licensure as a well driller or pump installer. The Commission also investigates complaints regarding potential violations of the Well Drillers and Pump Installers Rules, 144 CMR 232 (doc). The Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Members are appointed by the Governor and include three licensed well drillers, three geologists employed by the State, and one layperson. The Commission can be contacted by calling its clerk at (207) 287-5699 or at the email address listed below.
Complaints regarding the work of a licensed well driller or pump installer must be in writing (can be anonymous) and should include as much information as possible. Complaints must be received by the Commission within 2 years of the date the work in question was performed. Please include pictures, water quality test results, the location of the well, the name(s) of the individuals and companies that performed the work, the date the work was performed, and a written description of the problem and issues that initiated the complaint. Submit all of the above information to the Commissionís clerk listed below. The Commission will review the complaint at its next regular meeting. Complaints determined to have the potential for a violation of the rules will be investigated by the Commissionís independent inspector. Complaints that do not appear to include a violation of the rules will not be accepted for investigation. An example of a typical complaint that is not a violation of the rules is water with high amounts of iron. Drillers are not typically responsible for the levels of naturally occurring contaminants.
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Useful Links for Well Owners
- DWP Private Wells page
- wellwater.maine.gov (Maine CDC site about well water safety)
- Maine Groundwater Association
- National Groundwater Association
Well Driller's Commission Members:
Dwight Doughty, Department of Transportation, Chairperson
Donald Robbins, Public Member
Joe Gallant, Well Driller
David Braley, Drinking Water Program
Ike Goodwin, Well Driller
Frank Hegarty, Well Driller
Thomas Weddle, Maine Geological Survey
Doris Labranche, Board Clerk 287-5699
Meetings & Minutes:
The Water Well Commission meets at 9:00am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Key Bank Building on Water Street in Augusta, ME in the conference room indicated in the table below.
|January 29, 2014||January 9, 2013||January 12, 2012||January 13, 2011|
|No Meeting||February 13, 2013||February 8, 2012||February 1, 2011|
|March 5, 2014||March 13, 2013||March 14, 2012||March 14, 2011|
|April 19, 2014||No Meeting||April 11, 2012||April 5, 2011|
|May 14, 2014||May 8, 2013||May 9, 2012||May 3, 2011|
|June 11, 2014||June 10, 2013||June 13, 2012||June 7,2011|
|July 9, 2014||July 12, 2013||July 13 ,2012||July 25,2011|
|Wednesday, August 13th
3rd Floor Conf. Rm.
|August 14, 2013||August 8, 2012||August 17, 2011|
|Wednesday, September 10th
1st Floor- Rm. 16
|September 11, 2013||September 12, 2012||September 23, 2011|
|Wednesday, October 8th
3rd Floor Conf. Rm.
|October 9, 2013||October 10, 2012||October 17, 2011|
|Wednesday, November 12th
1st Floor- Rm. 16
|November 13, 2013||November 14, 2012||November 9, 2011|
|December date TBD||December 18, 2013||December 12, 2012||December 14, 2011|
For copies of older minutes call (207) 287-2070.
The Well Driller and Pump Installer Exams are taken at the Drinking Water Program's office at 286 Water Street in Augusta, ME. Please contact the Commission, at (207) 287-2070 for further information about the exams.
Licensed Well Drillers and Pump Installers
NEW May 2014: Important Information for Well Drillers and Pump Installers (pdf)