Private Well Owners Association

Next Private Well Owners meeting

Wednesday – November 2, 2022 at 10:00am

Pahrump Valley Museum

The Private Well Owners Association is a Nevada State unincorporated non-profit as a 501(c)(3) organization, who’s mission is to provide Education and Water Testing for the benefit of the well owners and the community.  Also too support and assist the well owners of Basin 162 of their right under the Nevada Revised Statute acknowledging that the private well homeowners, both present and future, have “2 acre feet per year allocation for use”, and “they preserve their legal rights to water under their land for normal rural living and for gardening and raising livestock used to feed their families” for a genuinely “Self-sustaining Life-Style” bringing common good and general welfare to the people of the community.

We are dedicated to the education on water conservation and water quality of Basin 162 and Nye County along with education programs related to testing regularly and maintaining wells to safeguard families drinking water by supporting well owners with the necessary tools to look after their own water by assisting with well water testing.

The Private Well Owners is dedicated to advancing good groundwater stewardship by raising awareness on a variety of groundwater issues that affects everyone living within Basin 162.

PROTECT BASIN 162

NRS 534.180 and NRS 534.185

NRS 534.180  Applicability of chapter to wells used for domestic purposes; registration and plugging of wells used for domestic purposes; wells for accessory dwelling unit of single-family dwelling.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 and as to the furnishing of any information required by the State Engineer, this chapter does not apply in the matter of obtaining permits for the development and use of underground water from a well for domestic purposes where the draught does not exceed 2 acre-feet per year.

      2.  The State Engineer may designate any groundwater basin or portion thereof as a basin in which the registration of a well is required if the well is drilled for the development and use of underground water for domestic purposes. A driller who drills such a well shall register the information required by the State Engineer within 10 days after the completion of the well. The State Engineer shall make available forms for the registration of such wells and shall maintain a register of those wells.

      3.  The State Engineer may require the plugging of such a well which is drilled on or after July 1, 1981, at any time not sooner than 1 year after water can be furnished to the site by:

      (a) A political subdivision of this State; or

      (b) A public utility whose rates and service are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada,

but only if the charge for making the connection to the service is less than $200.

      4.  If the development and use of underground water from a well for an accessory dwelling unit of a single-family dwelling, as defined in an applicable local ordinance, qualifies as a domestic use or domestic purpose:

      (a) The owner of the well shall:

             (1) Obtain approval for that use or purpose from the local governing body or planning commission in whose jurisdiction the well is located;

             (2) Install a water meter capable of measuring the total withdrawal of water from the well; and

             (3) Ensure the total withdrawal of water from the well does not exceed 2 acre-feet per year;

      (b) The local governing body or planning commission shall report the approval of the accessory dwelling unit on a form provided by the State Engineer;

      (c) The State Engineer shall monitor the annual withdrawal of water from the well; and

      (d) The date of priority for the use of the domestic well to supply water to the accessory dwelling unit is the date of approval of the accessory dwelling unit by the local governing body or planning commission.

      [3:178:1939; A 1947, 52; 1949, 128; 1955, 328] — (NRS A 1971, 8681977, 3831981, 18431983, 20901985, 13021997, 20102007, 846)

and

      NRS 534.185  Waiver of certain requirements for domestic wells by State Engineer; exceptions.

      1.  The State Engineer shall, upon written request and receipt of a written agreement between the affected property owners, waive the requirements of this chapter regarding permits for the use and development of underground water from a well if:

      (a) The well existed on July 1, 1983;

      (b) It is used solely for domestic purposes by not more than three single-family dwellings; and

      (c) Each of those dwellings does not draw more than 2 acre-feet of water per year.

      2.  The State Engineer may require an owner who has been granted such a waiver to apply for a permit if one or more of the dwellings is drawing more than 2 acre-feet of water per year.

      3.  This section does not apply to any groundwater basin for which the State Engineer has in effect on July 1, 1983, a procedure of issuing revocable permits.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 1674; A 2007, 847)