For Members

Wisconsin Water Well Association, Inc.

Providing & Protecting Wisconsin’s Groundwater
Fresh | Clean | Safe
Water the Wisconsin Way

The Wisconsin Water Well Association (WWWA), a trade association of well drillers, pump installers, manufactures and suppliers, was established over 60 years ago. WWWA represents over 1,300 licensed well drillers & pump installers. Our mission is simple: to provide and protect Wisconsin’s most precious resource, groundwater.

Our purpose:

  • Increase the industry’s knowledge and understanding of proper drilling, pump installation, and well abandonment techniques
  • Work with the appropriate state agencies in the protection of Wisconsin’s groundwater
  • Increase the public’s awareness of the importance of and involvement in groundwater efforts.

Our Mission:

  • To assist, promote, encourage, and support the interest and welfare of the water well industry in Wisconsin and elsewhere;
  • To foster and promote scientific education and research as well as techniques and standards whose purposes are to improve methods of water well construction and development;
  • To promote harmony and cooperation among members, government agencies, and the general public in the proper development and protection of underground water supplies;
  • To provide ways and means whereby members and others interested in the water well industry may interchange information, ideas, and experiences, and to obtain expert advice;
  • To advance the mutual interests of those engaged in the water well industry in their own and the public interest.

Industry History

The Chapter 162 statue was passed to give the health board the authority to supervise the construction of all wells for human consumption. Prior to that, they only had authority over public and institutional supplies. In effect, this meant that 1935 was the first time that ALL wells were regulated. Further, the 1935 law provides for the registration and regulation of all well drillers that will supply water for human consumption. The code that was developed was finished in 1936 as Chapter H 55 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, so effectively, THAT marked the beginning of regulation/enforcement.

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Related Readings 

Wisconsin Drinking Water Law and Current Ground Water Problems 
Written by A. Allan Schmid
Journal American Water Works Association
Vol. 51, No. 12, December, 1959

Wisconsin State Well Drilling Sanitary Code
First issue of the Wisconsin State Well Drilling Sanitary Code distributed in 1936