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  • Writer's pictureJason Ferguson

Is it possible to use an existing domestic well for my PWS well?

One of the most common misconceptions regarding public water systems, is that you cannot use an existing well for a public water supply if it wasn't constructed according to PWS standards. The truth is that you can, and it is a very common occurence.

In Texas, a public water system (PWS) may apply for an exception request if it is unable to meet a regulatory requirement under certain conditions. An exception request is a request for relief from a rule or standard. Exception requests are typically granted if a system can demonastrate that non-compliance with the existing rule or standard is not feasible and that it will not pose a significant risk to the public. Additional water quality testing or monitoring requirements are often added as a condition to grant the request(s). Once exceptions are granted, there are usually some improvements that must be made to the wellhead and pressure maintenance facilities, but they are usually pretty straight forward.

Each well has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but the moral of the story is that yes, it is possible and very common. Call Searchers today to see if this might be an option for you. 830-383-1211

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