Non-municipal Water/Wells

General Information, Permits, and Well Owner Survey

Well Project General Information

In August 2020, the City of Laramie enacted Ordinance 1778 regarding permits for existing and proposed non-municipal water wells within City limits.  The ordinance requires documentation of the location and current use of existing water wells within City limits and includes the issuance of a free non-municipal water permit.  All existing wells will be “grandfathered-in” such that the City will not prohibit the current use of the well.  Another objective is to determine whether the well is connected to the City water system as it relates to backflow and cross-connection prevention.

Permitted wells have been identified using State of Wyoming public records. Well owners will receive a notification letter and survey intended to identify if a well still exists on the property and, if so, to obtain general well information. Well owners will receive follow-up information regarding the permit and a site visit.  City representatives must conduct a site visit to locate the well and to inspect water service lines in the residence for cross connection and backflow protection.

If the City does not receive the well survey by the due date specified on the well survey, there will be 3 attempts to contact the well owner by leaving a notice (i.e. door hanger) at the property.  If there is no response after the 3rd notice, water service to the property may be discontinued until such time as cross-connection with the potable system can be ruled out.

After the site visit is scheduled and completed, a non-municipal water permit will be issued to the well owner.  Relevant ordinances and examples of the letter, well survey, and permit application can be found on this website.

Well Owner Letter and Survey


Drilling a well in Laramie? Click here: Nonmunicipal Water Permit Application 

Well Regulations:

There shall be no wells completed in the Casper Formation that are upgradient or cross gradient of existing City municipal wells. If there is uncertainty, an applicant may need to submit a report prepared by a Professional Geologist registered in the State of Wyoming stating that the proposed well location is not subject to this restriction. All wells will be limited to a pumping rate of 25 gpm and volumetric quantity of 325,000.0 gallons per year. All wells shall only be used for non-potable uses such as lawn and landscape watering. Commercial, industrial, and potable uses are not allowed. Multiple wells serving a single property may not be allowed. Wells must be drilled on property owned by the applicant. All wells shall have a valid permit issued by the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office and must be constructed by a well driller licensed in the State of Wyoming. No dug wells are allowed i.e. by backhoe or excavator. Applications for wells to be drilled in the Casper Formation may be studied for their current and long-term impacts on the water utility. All wells will be subject to the compliance and reporting requirements of LMC 13.04.360.   

City Ordinances:

Well Owner Survey

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