The Well Driller Program regulates persons who engage in the business of drilling wells within the Commonwealth to be certified with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (“MassDEP”). The regulations establish requirements and qualifications for certification of well drillers, information to be filed upon well completion, certified drillers’ responsibilities, and enforcement of those provisions.
The overriding purpose of these regulations is to protect public health and the Commonwealth’s water resources by ensuring that those who drill wells, and perform related work, are qualified to engage in such work and, moreover, that the work is performed in a protective manner. Additionally, by requiring the submittal of well completion reports, the regulations enable DEP to track well locations, depth and other critical data points. The data collected are utilized by The Office of State Geologist, engineers, geologist, LSPs working on Waste Site Cleanup projects, homeowners and realtors and others.