Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District

Office Location: 118 S. Market Street Goliad, TX.

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 562, Goliad, TX. 77963

Phone: (361) 645-1716

May we be responsible stewards of our natural resources.

A question was posed to the GCGCD Office regarding pump installations.  We asked TDLR for the rule regarding this question. The Board of Directors asked that GCGCD Office put this response on our website. For more information contact TDLR at:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

A landowner may conduct pump installation/repair on his own well equipment according to Texas Occupations Code 1902.052 (b)(1)(A) and a landowner is also exempt from having a license under 16 TAC Chapter 76.30(3) “Any person who installs or repairs water well pumps and equipment on his own property, or on property that he has leased or rented, for his own use”.  However, some confusion arises between this and a person drilling a well on their own property, the difference is… on pump work, the land may be leased or rented (as well as owned), for well drilling, the landowner must hold title (or deed, or some form of ownership) to the property in which they are drilling the well.

W.L. Stribling
Well Driller/Pump Installer Program Compliance Division

 TDLR rule  regarding drilling a well within a Floodplain:
76.100. Technical Requirements--Locations and Standards of Completion for Wells. (Effective January 3, 1999, 23 TexReg 1305; section repealed effective November 8, 2001, 26 TexReg8814; new section effective November 8, 2001, 26 TexReg 8814; amended effective December 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 10468; amended effective October 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 9183; amended effective December 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 9604; amended effective March 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 1142; section repealed effective September 15, 2014, 39 TexReg ----; new section effective September 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 7090)

(a) Wells shall be completed in accordance with the following specifications and in compliance with the local groundwater conservation district rules or incorporated city ordinances.

     1. Siting Method. A well shall be located a minimum horizontal distance of one hundred fifty (150) feet from any concentrated sources of potential contamination such as, but not limited to, existing or proposed livestock or poultry yards, cemeteries, pesticide mixing/loading facilities, and privies, except in the case of monitoring, dewatering, piezometer, and recovery wells which may be located where necessity dictates. A well shall be located a minimum horizontal distance of one hundred (100) feet from an existing or proposed septic system absorption field, septic system spray area, a dry litter poultry facility and fifty (50) feet from any adjacent property line provided the well is located at the minimum horizontal distance from the sources of potential contamination.

     2. A well shall be located a minimum horizontal distance of fifty (50) feet from any water-tight sewage and liquid-waste collection facility except in the case of monitoring, dewatering, piezometer, and recovery wells which may be located where necessity dictates.

     3. A well shall be located at a site not generally subject to flooding; provided however, that if a well must be placed in a flood-prone area, it shall be completed with a watertight sanitary well seal, so as to maintain a junction between the casing and pump column, and a steel sleeve extending a minimum of thirty-six (36) inches above ground level and twenty-four (24) inches below the ground surface.

     4. A driller is not required to adhere to the property line distance requirements if:
          (A) the well is located within a groundwater conservation district, and the district’s rules regulate the spacing of wells;
          (B) the well is located on property that has restrictions regulating the spacing of wells and on-site sewage systems; or
          (C) public wastewater treatment is provided and utilized by the owner.



General Note:  All wells drilled for others must be drilled by licensed drillers.

GCGCD recommends that the landowner request the well be cemented to a depth of 100' to help insure against surface contamination reaching the groundwater.


  • A well drilled prior to February 6, 2003 provided that the use of water is within the District.
  • Registration is voluntary and is to be done by February 6, 2004.  After February 6, 2004, proof of ownership prior to February 6, 2003 is required to receive grandfathered status.


  • Cannot change the existing well use or capacity.
  • A replacement well for an existing well must be drilled within 30 feet of the existing well but not nearer the property line than 50 feet provided that the original well was grandfathered.
  • Replacement of an existing permitted well requires a new permit.

Please use the form below for a NEW well to be drilled in Goliad County that is to be equipped with a 1 HP or less pump AND is to be used for domestic/livestock use.

          A well for domestic use incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per day or 17 GPM or less.

  • A well on 10 acres or more used to water livestock or poultry and incapable of producing more than 25,000 gallons per day.
  • A well to be used solely to supply water for a rig that is actively engaged in oil or gas exploration.
  • A new exempt well must be 135 feet from the property line.
  • See Rule 14.2 for well location in relation to sewage systems and other contamination.

A well must be permitted if it is to be equipped with larger than a 1 HP pump capable of producing more than 18 GPM.
Please contact our office for more information.

  • Must have a drilling permit followed by an operating permit.
  • Well spacing is based on permitted flow.
  • Maximum well size is dependent upon zone location of well within county. 

Exempt Water Well Registration Form
Water Well Drilling Permit Application Form

Water Well Operating Permit Application Form