You may be able to drill a well... but can you use the water?

Many basins do not have enough water for new wells and may be closed to further withdrawal of groundwater.  A closure in your area may prohibit withdrawal even from permit-exempt wells.  You must determine whether the basin where you intend to withdraw water is open to withdrawals.  More information can be found by reading the Water Availability Focus Sheets at:

Notice of Intent (NOI) to Drill a Well

Well Drilling Notice of Intent (NOI) RSS Feed

Note: An October 2016 Washington State Supreme Court case impacts permit-exempt well use, which may affect some of the information provided on this page.

Subscribe to a Well Notice of Intent (NOI) RSS Feed

Ecology is providing a convenient way for you to learn when a Notice of Intent (NOI) to construct a well in Washington has been submitted in your county.  By subscribing to our Notice of Intent (NOI) RSS feed you can be notified whenever a new notice is filed in your county (or counties) of interest.

To setup an RSS Feed to receive automated notifications of recently accepted Water Right Applications search for “RSS feed readers”.  Popular browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox offer the built-in ability to subscribe to RSS feeds.  The Google Chrome Webstore  has numerous options for RSS extensions. App stores for mobile devices offer lots of options for subscribing to RSS.

If you are already have an RSS Reader, simply click on “Subscribe to this feed” and follow the prompts from there.  Each feed will show the 100 most recent Notices of Intent (NOIs) by County.  Most notices will have a link to more detailed information.  Our business objective is to make all information available within 24 hours of publishing notices via RSS.

For instructions on using Microsoft Outlook to subscribe to RSS feeds, go to Microsoft Outlook 2016/2013, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007.  Mac users can search the Mac App Store for RSS Readers.

To find additional information about wells drilled in your county, you can use the Well Log Report Search and View.

Note: Please expect delays of up to 3 business days for NOI’s to appear that have been submitted to ecology in paper form. . About 47 percent of water well NOIs and 6 percent of resource protection well NOIs reach Ecology in paper form. Most of those notices include payment and must go to the Ecology Fiscal office before Water Resources Program personnel complete the data entry; that is the data necessary to generate the information for the RSS feed. 

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Adams
Asotin
Benton
Chelan
Clallam
Clark
Columbia
Cowlitz
Douglas
Ferry
Franklin
Garfield
Grant
Grays Harbor
Island
Jefferson
King
Kitsap
Kittitas
Klickitat
 
  Lewis
Lincoln
Mason
Okanogan
Pacific
Pend Oreille
Pierce
San Juan
Skagit
Skamania
Snohomish
Spokane
Stevens
Thurston
Wahkiakum
Walla Walla
Whatcom
Whitman
Yakima
 
    Adams
Asotin
Benton
Chelan
Clallam
Clark
Columbia
Cowlitz
Douglas
Ferry
Franklin
Garfield
Grant
Grays Harbor
Island
Jefferson
King
Kitsap
Kittitas
Klickitat
 
  Lewis
Lincoln
Mason
Okanogan
Pacific
Pend Oreille
Pierce
San Juan
Skagit
Skamania
Snohomish
Spokane
Stevens
Thurston
Wahkiakum
Walla Walla
Whatcom
Whitman
Yakima