Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Kansas Well Records Available Online

In 1975 the Kansas Legislature required well drillers to complete a well completion form on every well they drilled - regardless of use.  These records were collected since that time and were available upon request, but really not all that available.  They eventually made their way to a computer data set which is now available online (here) within the Kansas Geological Survey website.

This is a searchable and interactive website on the 219,000 well records depository. You can return records by County, or PLSS legal description, which are then sortable by several fields.  The WWC-5 forms contain a lot of information including legal location, depth of well, well construction info, static water level, lithologic log and much more. They are individually scanned or PDF files, so if you're looking for a bunch of them, beware. 

If you're in the market for well info in Kansas, it's a good bet it's contained in this data base.   This material is also good if you're looking for probable well depths and/or static water levels for any particular area(s).  We use it quite a bit in helping the public with their groundwater queries.

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