Kentucky's Energy and Environmental Cabinet, Department for Environmental Protection (also known as the DEP), works to protect and enhance Kentucky's environment. The Groundwater Section administers the water well driller certification program and monitors well drillers for compliance with state regulations.
Private water wells need to be properly constructed and maintained to avoid contamination and ensure safe water quality for human health, livestock, and irrigation. Water wells drilled in Kentucky need to meet certain construction standards, and the well drillers must be certified.
A part of the certification process includes submitting an well driller application that lists the name of the driller, name of the business, business address, mailing address, date of birth, citizenship, application fee, proof of liability coverage, and a performance surety bond for $5,000. A cash bond or certificate of deposit may be used in lieu of a surety bond. A surety bond must be signed and notarized, must be in the water driller's name, and lists the Commonwealth of Kentucky as the obligee.
Fees to be paid are a $25 application fee, a $100 certification fee, and $100 annual certification fee. The renewal period is from May 1 to Aug 31.
Fees for examinations include $40 for Kentucky Water Well Certification Examination and a $75 processing fee for each National Ground Water Association exam. A score of 70% is necessary to pass.
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Five hours of continuing education training is required annually to renew a Kentucky Water Well Driller certification.
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