AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE
The Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission (hereafter referred to as the commission) has the authority to require permits and plans for the drilling or construction of water wells having a capacity in excess of 50,000 gallons per day, in accordance with R.S. 38:3076(A)(2) and 3076(E). The purpose of this Rule is to define the procedures to be used in applying for a permit.
Wells in the following categories are exempt from the requirement for permits:
1. wells completed in the Mississippi River alluvial aquifer;
2. wells completed at depths less than 400 feet;
3. wells drilled for agricultural purposes; and
4. wells not capable of producing 50,000 gallons per day.
Large-capacity wells in categories 1 and 3, above, may be requested to supply plans and (or) information that the board may reasonably require to accomplish its water management purposes.
APPLICABILITY OF REQUIREMENT FOR PERMITS AND PLANS
Permits are required for all nonexempt wells drilled in the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana , and any other parishes that may be admitted to the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District. The permit application for the proposed well shall be accompanied by a set of plans to include, at a minimum:
1. location of proposed well to the nearest second of latitude and longitude;
2. location of existing water wells within 1000 feet;
3. proposed depth;
4. casing and screen sizes and approximate depths; and
5. proposed well yield and average daily pumpage.
TIMETABLE FOR SUBMITTING PERMITS
At least 90 calendar days before beginning drilling operations, the well owner (or his agent) who plans to drill a nonexempt well shall submit a permit application to the Commission for review and approval. No fee will be required.
Permit applications can be obtained from and completed forms should be submitted to:
Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission
3074 Westfork Drive, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Telephone (225) 293-7370
FAILURE TO COMPLY
Violation of this Rule may subject the owner or user to litigation.
In any such suit, the board may obtain injunctions, prohibitory and mandatory, including temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions as the facts warrant, as provided in R.S. 30:3077(C).
Notice: Please be advised that CAGWCC permits do not exempt the permit holder from Louisiana Office of Conservation regulations on notification and registration.
Additional information can be found here: www.dnr.la.gov/welldrillers.