LEGAL - States having laws requiring submittal of water-well records.

                           UNITED STATES
                    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
                         GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
                     Water Resources Division
                        Washington 25, D.C.

In reply refer to:                             January 8, 1958
                                               Code 4053 0001


To:       District Chiefs and Staff Officials, Ground Water Branch

From:     Chief, Ground Water Branch, Washington, D.C.

Subject:  LEGAL - States having laws requiring submittal of water-
                  well records.

From time to time a manufacturer of well-drilling or pumping
equipment requests information as to the number, depth, and type
of wells drilled each year, depth to water, etc., in the entire
country, in order to evaluate the market for its products.
Obviously, we do not have complete data on these points, and so
far as we know there is no agency that does.

In the absence of an overall survey of the whole country, it seems
probably that the best information along these lines could be
obtained from the State agencies responsible for collecting well
records, in States having laws requiring the submittal of such
data.  We have no complete list of such States and agencies.
Therefore, it will be appreciated if each district office will
fill out the blanks on the attached sheet and return it to this
office through the Branch Area Chief.  If no law requiring
submittal of water-well records exists, please so state in order
that we may have a complete report.  Supplementary comments and
information also would be appreciated.  The Branch Area Chiefs
should report on States, such as Illinois, where we have no

                            (s) A. N. Sayre


Distribution:  A, B, GS, GFO