Wells may be used as a private water source when a public water source is not available. The well must be permitted by the environmental health department and must be constructed and sited to state specifications. Wells must be drilled by a Kansas-licensed contractor. A permit for drilling is required and the well must be recorded with the state after it is drilled.
It is a requirement of county and state regulations that abandoned wells be plugged. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment encourages the use of a licensed water well contractor to plug an abandoned well. The plugging of a well is also recorded with the state.