Water Wells - Abandoned Wells
Kendall County relies solely on groundwater resources at this time and doesn't utlize any surface water supplies for drinking water. Deep and shallow wells tap groundwater supplies, called aquifers, throughout the county. Due to our dependence on groundwater this resource is precious to the region and must be protected for current and future generations.
The single greatest threat to the groundwater supply is abandoned wells.
An abandoned well is classified as a well that no longer supplies water, or a well that is in such a state of disrepair that the well has the potential for transmitting contaminants into an aquifer or otherwise threatens public health or safety. Abandoned wells provide a direct route for contaminants to reach groundwater.
Some examples of abandoned wells include:
- Private wells disconnected and unused after a public water connection
- Old windmill powered wells abandoned on farmsteads
- Unused hand pump wells
- Unused brick or clay-lined shallow dug wells
If you believe you have an abandoned well on your property, contact Environmental Health Services at (630) 553-8026
Abandoned wells may be sealed by a state licensed water well driller or by the property owner under permit and supervision of the health department. The packet below includes informational forms on cost programs and reduced cost sealing products. These program are of great benefit to homeowners trying to seal their own wells while keeping costs as low as possible.
The Northeastern Illinois Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee (NIRGPPC) is a local groundwater protection committee that offers reduced cost water well sealing materials.
The Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District offers a technical assistance and cost-share program for water well sealing.
Abandoned Well Packet
- Well permit application
- Water well sealing plan
- Bentonite quantity calculations chart
- NIRGPPC well sealing materials assistance program