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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.

Well Driller Complaint Form (pdf)


NEW August 2014: - Geothermal Heating and Cooling courses are now being offered at Kennebec Valley Community College. Learn more.

Useful Links for Well Owners

Well Driller's Commission Members:

Dwight Doughty, Department of Transportation, Chairperson

Mike Otley, Public Member

Joe Gallant, Well Driller

David Braley, Drinking Water Program

Ike Goodwin, Well Driller

Frank Hegarty, Well Driller

Daniel Locke, 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 Conference Room 16th unless otherwise indicated in the table below.

2015 2014 2013 2012
January 14, 2015
ALL DAY (meeting & fair hearing)
January 29, 2014 January 9, 2013 January 12, 2012
February 11, 2015 No Meeting February 13, 2013 February 8, 2012
March 11, 2015 March 5, 2014 March 13, 2013 March 14, 2012
April 8, 2015 April 19, 2014 No Meeting April 11, 2012
May 13, 2015 May 14, 2014 May 8, 2013 May 9, 2012
June 10, 2015 June 11, 2014 June 10, 2013 June 13, 2012
July 8, 2015 July 9, 2014 July 12, 2013 July 13 ,2012
August 12, 2015 August 13, 2014 August 14, 2013 August 8, 2012
September 9, 2015 No Meeting September 11, 2013 September 12, 2012
October 14, 2015 October 8, 2014 October 9, 2013 October 10, 2012
November 10, 2015
(On Tuesday due to Veteran's Day)
November 12, 2014 November 13, 2013 November 14, 2012
December 9, 2015 No Meeting December 18, 2013 December 12, 2012

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

Licensed Well Drillers and Pump Installers - Individuals (xls)
Licensed Well Drilling and Pump Installing Companies (xls)
Individuals Licensed for Closed-Loop Geothermal Only (xls)

Application Forms

Well Drillers

Well Driller and Pump Installer License Renewal Form (pdf)
Apprentice Water Well Driller Application (pdf)
Journeyman Water Well Driller Exam Application (pdf)
Master Water Well Driller Exam Application (pdf)

Pump Installers

Well Driller and Pump Installer License Renewal Form (pdf)
Apprentice Pump Installer Application (pdf)
Journeyman Pump Installer Exam Application (pdf)
Master Pump Installer Exam Application (pdf)


Company Registration Application (pdf)
Company Renewal Application (pdf)

Specialty Wells

Specialty Well Application (pdf)
Setback Reduction Notification (pdf)


Reference Form for all applications (pdf)