(RoPegulator and the formation of the Hydrolog Divi sion, the ..LO.HyP1, Crolov
beneficial utilization, development and conservation of the water anagemresources oftrict
Regulator ) and the formation of the dogy Divisin, th Hydrolgy
Divithe SWFWMD (R) in the best intsibilirest of all its people Rulesand to prevent thwaste
and unreasonable use of said resources.
Pursuant to these purposes, Rules and Reguegulations are hereby established to
beneficial utilization, of waternt asnd conditionservation of the water resources of
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B. St S f where() in the best interest of all itshe popublic woulan d bpreve served;
adC. Preservonabe usthe of said interest of the pubs.c and affected ater users.
Pursuant to these purposes, Rulues and Regulations arehave been established nder the authority granted:
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through Chapter 373, lorida Sttutes, acond itiilns warrant;os
B.also applicable here the est interests of the publi Oudin.e served;
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WELL CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION
1-01. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No person, firm or corporation shall con-
struct a vatcr well or offer to perform services as a water well contractor or
construct other holes or well/ such as core holes, seismic holes, stratigraphic
test holes, drainage wells, recharge wells and disposal wells within the South-
west Florida Water Management District (Regulatory) unless he holds a valid
certificate of registration as a we.ll contractor issued by the SWFWMD (R).
1-02. REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION: An applicant for registration
must apply in writing on the form provided by SWFWMD (R). Prior to issuing
notification of eligibility for registration, SWF WMD (R) requires that the appli-
A. Give at least two references, both of whom must be well contractors
with at least two years experience each, and who know the applicant's
ability to perform the work of a well drilling contractor; and must be
persons of good repute, knowledgeable and must have know-n the applicant
for at least three years.
B. Give in detail his record of experience in the construction of wells.
The applicant must have a minimum of two years of experience working
on the drilling and construction of wells, either as a driller or a driller' s
C. Demonstrate by performance, interview, or examination as mnay be
required by SVWF\VMD (R) that he is com-petent and qualified [c,- -ri--
the business of well dr-illing. i i .. g ,
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D. Demonstrate knowledge of the Rules and Regulations governing well
drilling' and construction within the SWFWMD (R). The applicant must
furnish proof that he can properly complete and comprehend the necessary
forms required and requested by the SWFWMD (R).
E. Demonstrate knowledge of elementary geology, hydrology and sub-
jects related to water well drilling.
1-03. GRANDFATHER CLAUSE: A practicing well contractor having a minimum
of five years of successful and ethical experience in his field of work prior to
and who has filed by a record of
(effective date) (effective date)
experience and background with the SWFWMD (R), on a form prepared for such
purpose, may upon application be notified of his. eligibility for registration by
the SWFWMID (R) without meeting the requirements of Section 1-02.
1-04. QUALIFYING FOR REGISTRRATION: After application for registration
has been submitted, the SWFWMD (RI) shall:
A. Notify each applicant of his eligibility for registration; and
B. Upon receipt of notification of eligibility, the applicant shall submit,
on forms made available by the SWFWMD (R), a bond executed by the
applicant, as principal, and Surety Company authorized to do business
in Florida as Surety, to the SWFWMD (IR) in the principal sum of five-
thousand dollars ($5,000. 00) to assure compliance with these Rules and
RIegulations in protecting the water resources of the SWFWMD (R).
1-05. SUBMISSION OF APPLICANTS: An application for an initiall o-Tiw--"--"
certificate of registration shall be made on the form prescrib d a-rtl}j'o!v,^ i[
by the SWF'WMD (I).
1-06. EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL OF CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION:
All certificates of registration issued under this section shall expire on the first
day of January next following the date of issuance. A certificate of registration
may be renewed for an ensuing year by making application on the form prescribed
at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the current certificate.
1-07. MARKING VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT: It is the duty of all registered
well contractors to see that all water well drilling rigs, trucks and other vehicles
used by them or their employees in the well construction business, are marked
with legible visible identification numbers at all times.
A. The identification number to be used on the water well rigs shall be
the registration number of the well contractor responsible for the well
construction operations prefixed with SWFWMD (R) Reg. No.
B. The registration number shall be displayed/on each side of every
water well rig and other construction-related vehicles in numerals of
not less than two (2) inches high. Such numerals shall be a part of a
decalcomania issued by the SWFWMD at the time the contractor's regis-
tration is granted.
C. Any registered well contractor may have his certificate of regis-
tration revoked or suspended for failing to mark his water well rigs as
1-08. SUPERVISION OF WELL DILLING AND CONSTPJUCTION: All opera-
tions of well construction shall be under the supervision of a registered well
1-09. IDENTIFICATION NUMBER: The identification number of each registered
contractor shall remain the same continuously from year to year.
1-10. GROUNDS FOR REFUSAL, SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF CERTI-
FICATE OF REGISTRATION: The SWFWMD (R) may refuse to issue or renew
or may suspend or revoke, a certificate of registration on any one or more of
the following grounds:
A. Material misstatement in the application for certificate of registration;
B. Failure to have or retain the qualifications required herein;
C. Willfulldisregard or violatfen/// this article or y1 any rule or regula-
tion promulgated by the SWFWWMD (R) pursuant thereto; or ///any law of
the State of Florida relating to water )vfat ;
D. Willfully aiding or abetting another in the violation of this article or
any rule or regulation promulgated by the SWFWMD (R) pursuant thereto;
E. Gross incompetency in the performance of the work of a water well
F. Allowing the use of his license by an unlicensed person.
1-11. REFUSAL, SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE OF REGIS-
A. In case of refusal, suspension or revocation of certificate of registra-
tion the person, firm or corporation concerned will be notified by registered
B. In case of adverse action the person, firm or corpo -i;- r c_:=z^.^
may file written notice of intent to appeal to the District Govj ...
within thirty days from his receipt of notification.
1-12. CERTIFICATE OF REGISTIRATION: A certificate of registration shall
not be transferable or assignable.
1-13. PENAL PROVISIONS: Any person, firm or corporation who violates any
of the Rules and Regulations of SWFWMD (R) will be. punished as provided in
Chapter 373, Florida Statutes.
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PERMIT TO DRILL
2-01. APPLICATION FOR PERMIT: Every registered well contractor must
submit in writing to the SWFWMD (R), on forms to be provided by the SWFWrMD
(R), an Application for Permit to Drill Well, hereinafter referred to as the
" Application.', for each and every well, test hole, or group of test holes which
the contractor is intending to drill or construct within the SWFWMD (R), whose
final inside nominal diameter will be 3 inches or larger. An Application must
also be submitted for the enlarging or deepening of a water well whose final
inside nominal diameter is 3 inches or larger. An Application filed by any
person other than a SWFWMD (R) registered well contractor will not be accepted.
2-02. SUBMITTING APPLICATION: The Application must be submitted to the
SWFWMD (R). No drilling or well construction work shall be started until the
Application has been approved by the SWFWMD (R) and a Permit to Drill has
been received by the contractor. Copy of such permit must be prominently dis-
played by the contractor at the site of the hole or well during the entire opera-
tion of constructing, testing and completing the hole or well.
2-03. APPLICATION INFORMATION: All items and information on the Appli-
cation form must be legibly completed and the Application must be signed by
the contractor. If all items and information required are not furnished; the
Application form will be returned to the contractor without approval.
2-04. PERMIT T.O DRILL: "U n.
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A. Copy of the Permit to Drill must be prominently displayed by the
contractor at the site of the hole or well during the entire operation of
constructing, testing and completing the hole or well.
B. A Permit to Drill may be transferred to another registered well
contractor with written application to and written approval from the
2-05. AUTHORITY GRANTED BY PERMIT TO DRILL: A Permit to Drill
shall constitute authority to a registered well contractor to drill a hole or well
providing the following conditions are satisfied:
"A. The hole or well is constructed by a registered well contractor;
B. The hole or well is constructed in accordance with the information
furnished on the Application;
C. Samples, logs, and other materials or information as required by
the SWFWMD (R) are obtained and submitted to the SWFWMD (R) as
D. The Contractor must also comply with all local and State Laws,
Rules and Regulations relating to hole and well construction.
A Permit to Drill is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance by
the SWFWMD (R). Permits shall be void after one year, unless the time limit
is extended by the SWFWMD (R), upon v.ritten application by the contractor.
2-06. TEST -IOLES: Any number of test hl]
owner using one Permit to Drill, subject to the following con iti'--
A. All exploratory drilling under one Permit to Drill must be done on
a single parcel of property for a single owner or under a single contract;
B. Each and every test hole must be constructed, sealed and abandoned
in accordance with regulations and other special requirements of the
C. In the exploration for water, a test hole that is found to produce the
desired amount of water may be converted to a production or observation
well, provided a permit for doing so has been obtained from the SWFWMD
(R). If required by the SWFWMD (R), another Application must be filed
and another Permit to Drill must be approved before the conversion.
In the construction of test holes, the contractor must also comply with all local
and State Laws, Rules and Regulations relating to hole and well construction.
2-07. PERMITS FOR REWORKED WELLS: If an old well needs to be recon-
structed to a greater depth than the original drilling or if its diameter is
changed, a new Permit to Drill must be obtained from the SWFWvMD (R).
2-08. NOTICE OF REJECTION: The SWFWMD (R) shall issue a Notice of -
Rejection whenever it finds that an Application fails to meet the requirements
for issuance of a Permit to Drill as hereinabove provided. Such notice shall:
A. State the grounds for the rejection, and may state any remedial
action which, if taken, will effect compliance with these Rules and
Regulations and permit approval of the Application; and
B. Be served upon the a-plicant or his n'ent by Registered Mail.
C. In case of adverse action, the person, firm or co por I
may file written notice of intent to appeal to the District Governing
Board within thirty days from receipt of notification.
2-09. PENAL PROVISIONS: Any person, firm or corporation who violates
any of the Rules and Regulations of the SWFWMD (R) will be punished as pro-
vided in Chapter 373, Florida Statutes.
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WELL AND HOLE CONSTRUCTION
3-01. DEFINITION: When appearing in these Rules and Regulations, the
following words shall mean:
A. A well is defined as an artificial hole in the ground through means
of which water may be withdrawn from an aquifer or recharged to an
B. A hole is defined as an excavation used for purposes other than
development or recharge of water, or the disposal of waste waters,
or the control of lake levels; such uses include, but are not necessarily
restricted to the following: core holes, seismic holes, and stratigraphic-
C. Construction is defined as the necessary acts required to effectively
place a man-made hole in the ground through which water may be made
to pass to or from an aquifer, including the location and excavation of
the hole but not including installation of pumps and related equipment..
3-02. POLICY: The SWFWMD (R) policy shall be to ascertain that all wells
and holes drilled within SWFWMID shall be so constructed, maintained and
used that the ground-water resources of the Distr'ict are protected from over-
development, contamination and v/a st e.
3-03. CONSTRiUCTION METH ODS: Wells or holes may be excavated by
drilling, coring, boring, -washing., jettirn driving or digging and must e so
constructed, cased, icicnnltcd, pluied and capped as ray be reaire U
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SWFWMD (R) as to prevent the escape of water to waste either at or above the
land surface, or to escape from a subsurface zone of higher hydrostatic head
into a zone of lower hydrostatic head o, o b-tc --e c as-Zi^^ b^ por- 4,al/
3-04. PENAL PROVISIONS: Any person, firm or corporation who violates
any of the Rules and Regulations of the SWFWMD (R) will be punished as pro-
vided in Chapter 373, Florida Statutes.
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WELL AND HOIE INVENTORY
4-01. NEEDS AND PURPOSES: The rapid population increase within the
District, with resultant increase in all manners of use and abuse of water sup-
plies, is resulting in water-supply problems of serious importance. Among
these are salt-water encroachment, progressive lowering of the water table,
of lake levels, and of the potentiometric surface of the waters in the artesian
systems. These results, and others relating to ever greater development of
the groundwater resources of the District, will likely require increasing
degrees of careful management in order to assure the continuing availability
of water for all manner of human uses. It may even result in the pro rata use
of water. Section 4 will serve as a base for establishment of legal claim for
water use by owners.
A. In order to manage anything it is necessary to know all about the
subject or object to be managed. Groundwater does not occur mysteri-
ously or capriciously but in accordance with natural laws that are quite
well understood by persons skilled in hydrogeology or ground.c..ter
hydrology and hydraulics.
B. The first step in developing an understanding of local and regional
hydrogeology and groundvaiter h.ydrology and. hydraulics is to pr: --.i_,re
an up-to-date, accurate, and as nearly. complete as possible accounting
of all wells and other holes in the- or-ound in order to nov,, !ri.,'/Qi r 1
of access to the acquifers exist, ... L. t i
C. The second step is determining how much water is available, and
where, for ultimate development; the quality of this water; and how much
is currently developed and used consumptively.
4-02. INVENTORY: The inventory will be made either by employees of this
District or by persons of other agencies cooperating with the District. Infor-
mation is to be supplied voluntarily by landowners and will, as mentioned in
4-01, become the basis for legal claim to water use by prior development and r,'oo^ C
A. Wells and holes of 3-inch diameter or larger are the only excava-
tions to be inventoried unless, with subsequent increase in water with-
drawals and resultant lowering of water levels or increase of salt-water
encroachment, SWFWMD (R) may determine a necessity to inventory
wells and holes of smaller diam eter.
B. Records of wells and holes to be inventoried will be permanently
filed at SWFWnMD (R) and records will be open to public inspection by
interested persons during regular office hours.
C. All wells and holes inventoried will be assigned unique numbers
and will be plotted on maps for permanent reference and location.
D. As needed, samples of water will be withdrawn from inventoried
wells and levels of water will be measured. Such information will
establish a "baseline" for" future refe rence in ca se that data is needed
to support law cases, damage suits or other action; s at law relating
to deleterioul s changes i;n quaiit- of groiin.c,-/,.,.'a\ter supp: l.s 01 ol .i t^i, *.'.