Southwest Georgia-Albany health district’s abandoned well program
Jones, Melvin F. Jr
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Over the past 100 plus years, individuals have constructed groundwater wells to meet their needs for drinking water. However, with new technologies, older wells have been abandoned because newer wells provide more reliable sources of water. Today many of these old abandoned wells remain throughout Georgia as a conduit to groundwater. The Georgia Water Well Standards Act addresses abandoned wells by requiring well owners to “fill, seal, and plug” unused wells. However, work is still needed to identify old well sites and properly close out these wells. In Albany, Georgia, the Southwest Georgia Environmental Health Program created a program to find and properly “fill, seal, and plug” abandoned wells. This paper provides background information on how the county environmentalist identified the wells and techniques to properly close the wells.