Open & Uncovered Wells          
State law and the Permian Basin UWCD Rules require that all
open or uncovered wells be covered with a cap that is capable of
withstanding not less than four hundred pounds,and is not
easily removed. Well caps constructed of heavy steel plating and
a length of straight pipe are best suited for meeting these
requirements.

When an open or uncovered well is discovered and reported to
the District office, a notice is sent to the well owner or operator.
The letter contains a request that the matter be corrected within
30 days.

Locating and closing open (or uncapped) wells is one of many
objectives included in the District's Management Plan. This
objective is a part of the District's goal of protecting groundwater
quality.