Water Well Contractor Registration

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Environmental Conservation, Department of State
In New York State, businesses must register every year with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to drill water wells.

To register as a New York State water well contractor, you must:
  • pass a two-part National Ground Water Association (NGWA) certification exam that focuses on drilling and pump installation;
  • submit a completed registration form; and
  • send a check or money order for $10 to cover the annual registration fee.

Registration is effective from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.



For more information, contact:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Division of Water - Water Well Program
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-3508
Phone: (877) 472-2619
Fax: (518) 402-8290
NYSWells@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/

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