Well Permit / Abandonment Program

Well Permit or Abandonment Program

Any private well on a property in the City must be permitted or abandoned per City of Burlington Ordinance Number 1540(15). The well abandonment/permit program gives a private well owner the option to either continue using the well, if it is permitted, or to properly abandon the well. Unused and improperly abandoned wells are a significant threat to contamination of groundwater quality, and the Burlington Water Utility is responsible to insure that safe water will be supplied to its customers. This ordinance will allow for continued use of private wells if proper steps are taken. It also outlines the steps that must be taken to properly abandon a well.