Understanding Water Wells in Littleton MA

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


Are you thinking of installing a water well in Littleton, MA. This article is geared towards understanding Littleton 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 Littleton, MA.

 1. Permit Info:  Well construction permit fee: $75 to NABH (Nashoba Associated Boards of Health)

2. Well Location: A plot plan is required when application is submitted.  Minimum distances include



Leaching area


Sewer Line


Property lines


Street or public way


Septic tank


Surface water


Hazardous waste spill site


Active/Closed Landfill



3. Water Quality testing: Comprehensive water analysis is sufficient.  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 (every three to five years)

4. Water Quantity testing: A four hour flow test will be sufficient.  The Well must produce 5gpm over a sustained period of pumping.

5. Real Estate Transfer Requirements: As of now, Littleton, 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 Littleton 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 Nashoba Board of Health at 1-800-427-9762

Comments (1)

Andrew Capelli
Troy, MI

Ashley & Eric: That's a very nice, concise, informative post!  Here in Michigan we have a lot of wells on properties once you move beyond the metropolitan areas.  Having a "cheat-sheet" to refer to like this would be helpful- Thanks for sharing!

Sep 11, 2012 04:59 AM