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Abandoned Wells Program

Why It Matters

Abandoned wells can present a serious threat to the environment, as well as to human health and safety. Negative effects of abandoned wells include the following:


  • Ground Water Concerns: Over time, the casings of abandoned wells deteriorate, rust, and creating holes. These holes allow pesticides, herbicides, and all types of poisons to leach into precious groundwater.  

  • Health Concerns: Abandoned crock wells are very large; they can be up to 5 ft. in diameter. They allow contaminates to enter our groundwater, be filled with a watery sludge, and be many feet deep. 

  • Safety Concerns: Abandoned wells are a serious threat to humans and animals.  There are many cases of humans and animals being trapped in these wells. 

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How We Can Help

If you have an abandoned well on your property, the District can assist you with the cost of properly closing it through our cost-sharing program!


We will cost share up to $225.00 for wells up to 2” and $375.00 for wells up to 5” in diameter.  We only work with licensed well drillers.  If you have a well that needs closed, contact a licensed well driller in Isabella County for an estimate.    


This program is for Isabella County residents only and is paid for by 2% funds awarded to the conservation district from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.  

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