Homes currently connected to City water may still have an abandoned well located in the basement well room, or in the yard. If abandoned wells are not sealed properly, they can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment, especially in sensitive areas such as drinking water supply management or wellhead protection areas.
Sealing is a process of clearing an unused well of debris and filling the well with a special material called grout. Well sealing must be performed by a Minnesota licensed well contractor.
Ramsey County Grant Program
Ramsey County has a grant program with funds available for sealing abandoned wells. Approved applications will be reimbursed up to 50% of the well sealing costs, not to exceed $750 per well. Please note, grant money is limited and funding may not be applied retroactively to wells that have already been sealed.