Wells

As many as two million water wells tap California’s groundwater, with approximately 7,000 to 15,000 new wells constructed each year. They range from hand-dug, shallow wells to carefully designed large -production wells drilled to great depths.

Groundwater supplies approximately 40 percent of California's total water supply in average water years, and in some regions of the state, up to 60 percent in dry years. To protect this invaluable resource, we must ensure that wells are properly constructed and destroyed at the end of their useful lives, so they do not serve as a pathway for contaminants.

We are responsible for developing minimum well standards for four types of wells, published as DWR Bulletin 74 and for serving as the state clearinghouse for Well Completion Reports.

Water Well Basics

Contacts

For maps of regions and a list of counties that each office supports, see the Integrated Regional Water Management Technical Assistance page.

    Northern Region

    April Scholzen

    Water Resources Tech. II

    2440 Main Street

    Red Bluff, CA 96080

    530-529-7368 (office)

    530-529-7322 (fax)

    NRO_WCR@water.ca.gov

 

    North Central Region

    Madeleine Blanc
    Water Resources Engineer
    Groundwater Supply & Special Studies Section
    3500 Industrial Blvd
    West Sacramento, CA 95691
    916-376-9614 (office)
    916-376-9676 (fax)

    NCRO_WCR@water.ca.gov

 

    South Central Region

    Chris Guevara

    Water Resources Tech. II

    691 N. Laverne Ave Suite 104

    Fresno, CA 93727-6820

    559-230-3356 (office)

    916-744-5009 (fax)

    SCRO_WCR@water.ca.gov

 

    Southern Region

    Christopher Dalessandro

    Watermaster Section

    770 Fairmont Avenue, #200

    Glendale, CA 91203

    818-549-2338 (office)

    SRO_WCR@water.ca.gov

 

DWR Headquarters

Well Standards
Julie Haas
Senior Engineer, Water Resources
715 P Street
Sacramento CA 95814
916-902-7259
Julie.Haas@water.ca.gov

Well Completion Reports/OSWCR
Juliana Spector
Engineering Geologist
715 P Street, 8th Floor
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-001
916-902-7258
Juliana.Spector@water.ca.gov