Understanding Water Wells In Upton MA

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


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

 1. Permit Info:  Well construction permit fee: $75.00

2. Well Location: A plot plan is required when application is submitted.  Guidelines Include

Source of Contamination

Minimum Distance (feet)

hazardous waste spill site


leaching facility


neighboring or adjacent well




privy or outhouse


wetland, bordering vegetated wetland and surface water of any type (as defined in Title 5, 15.002 Definitions)


septic tank


sewer line/force main


normal driving surface


Swimming pool, in-ground or above ground, to edge of water


building footprint


property line


3. Water Quality testing: Extensive water analysis is required.  This test includes

Total Coliform Bacteria         Sodium                       Hardness       Arsenic (Total)

E-Coli Bacteria                       Alkalinity                       Nitrate                  Lead

Calcium                                   Ammonia                       Nitrite                   Potassium

Copper                                    Chloride                        pH                       Flouride

Iron                                         Chlorine                        Sulfate                 Radon

Magnesium                              Color                            Turbidity                Flouride

Manganese                             Conductivity                   Odor/Sediment     P-dichlorobenzene

Radontetrachlorethylene            Carbon Tetrachloride    Trichloroethane    Cis-1

Dichloroethylene                      Toluene             Dichloroethylene            Ethylbenzene                         Monochlorobenzene

 4. Water Quantity testing: A four hour flow test will be sufficient.  The guidelines include

       Every well used as a potable supply shall supply a sufficient quantity of water to meet the ordinary needs of the users, and shall yield a minimum of five gallons per minute during a four hour pump test.

       All demands for water shall be provided from storage in a pressure tank.

       Within 30 days after the completion of the construction of any well, the well driller/digger shall submit to the Upton Board of Health a report containing the following information:

a. The name of the well owner.

b. The address of the property serviced and/or the lot number and or definitive plot plan assigned number as assigned by the Assessor’s office;

c. The depth, size and method of construction of the well.

d. The static water level.

e. The yield of the well after 4 hour pumping test.

f. The well driller’s log information.

 5.Real Estate Transfer Requirements: As of now, Upton, 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 Upton 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 Upton Board Of Health at 603-890-2050

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