Understanding Water Wells In Franklin MA

Home Inspector with Northeast Water Wells Inc NH Lic# 59,60 and MA 762



Are you thinking of installing a water well in Franklin, MA. This article is geared towards understanding Franklin MA Board of Health Regulations. Understanding your town regulations can be instrumental in compiling total project costs when it comes to drilling a water well in Franklin, MA.

  • Permit Info:  Well construction permit fee: $125.00
  • Well Location: A plot plan created by a surveyor or engineer. Guidelines include
    • Wells shall be located at least 15 feet from any public or private way or street and 10 feet from lot lines,
    • 50 feet from any septic tank and 100 feet from any leaching system or any other such greater distance as may be required by the Board of Health.
  • Water Quality testing: Extensive water quality plus radon.  This test includes  total coliform, e.coli bacteria, arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, alkilinity, ammonia, color, conductivity, chlorine, chloride, flouride, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, odor and sediment, ph, sulfate, turbidity in addition it also tests for the volatile organic scan : p-dichlorobenzene, 0 -dichlorobenzene, styrene, benzene, trichloroethylene, trans-1, 2 Dichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, Carbon tetracholoride, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, cis -1, 2 Dichloroethylene, toluene, 1,1- Dichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, 1,2- Dichloropropane, xylenes, 1,2- dichloroethane, monochlorobenzene, ethylbenzene+ Radon in the water  (every  10 years)
  • Water Quantity testing: 4 Hour pump test, proving well is sufficient.  Guidelines include

Well Depth


Minimum Supply

(gallons per minute for 4 hours)

100 to 150

                         5 to 8

150 to 250

                         3 to 5

250 to 350

                         2 to 3

350 to 400   

                   No less than    2

  • Real Estate Transfer Requirements: As of now, Franklin, MA does not have any real estate transfer requirements posted. However we strongly suggest getting the water quality and quantity tested to show you are getting a clean, safe, and usable well.

 Wells on average in the Town of Franklin MA range from 300-400 in depth however it’s not uncommon for wells to run shallower or deeper hence why it’s called the average. The casing depth averages at 40 feet however deeper pockets of rock are possible.

 If you have further questions contact the Franklin Board Of Health at 508-520-4905


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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
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So they actually allow you to drill a well in town?  That would never fly here.

Sep 04, 2012 01:57 AM #1
Ashley Connolly
Northeast Water Wells Inc - Jaffrey, NH

yes we drill wells across ma and nh there are some towns in New England and areas that are still on private water systems totally

Sep 04, 2012 02:01 AM #2
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