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Water Well

A photo of a water well head

Practice Code: 642
Reporting Unit: Number (No.)

A water well is a hole drilled, dug, driven, bored, jetted or otherwise constructed to an aquifer to provide water for irrigation, livestock, wildlife, human, and other uses.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves water quality and quantity
  • Provides a safe, reliable method of conveying water to a watering facility for livestock, recreation or wildlife
  • Improves management of grazing units in a prescribed grazing system
  • Decentralizes the location of drinking or water storage facilities allowing for usage of land resources over a wider area

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Irrigation use

Irrigation Pipeline (430)
Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)
Irrigation Water Management (449)
Watering Facility (614)
Water Well Testing (355)

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Livestock, wildlife, human use

Pipeline (516)
Watering Facility (614)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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