62-532.200. Definitions for Water Well Permitting and Construction  

Effective on Thursday, October 7, 2010
  • 1The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meaning, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

    25(1) “Abandoned Well” means a well the use of which has been permanently discontinued or which is in such a state of disrepair that it cannot be used for its intended purpose or for observation purposes.

    61(2) “Annulus” or “Annular Space” means any artificially created void existing between a well casing or liner pipe and a bore hole wall or between two casings or between tubing and casing or liner pipe.

    96(3) “Aquifer” means a geologic formation, group of formations, or part of a formation capable of yielding a significant amount of ground water to wells, springs or surface water.

    125(4) “Bentonite” means a pumpable grouting material used for plugging or sealing water wells, consisting of a high solid sodium montmorillonite. The grout shall yield solids ranging from 20 to 30 percent, with a minimum density equal to or greater than 9.4 pounds per gallon, and a permeability of approximately 1x10-7 centimeters per second or less, or shall be dry non-treated, high swelling sodium montmorillonite. High swelling is defined as having a minimum swell index of 18 cubic centimeters as determined by ASTM standard D-5890-95.

    210(5) “Bottled water” means 214water that is intended for human consumption and that is sealed in bottles or other containers.

    230(6) “Bottled water plant” means a food establishment, regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in which bottled water is prepared for sale.

    256(7) “Construction of Water Wells” means all parts and acts necessary to obtain ground water by wells, including the location and excavation of the well, but excluding the installation of pumps and pumping equipment.

    290(8) “Department” means the Department of Environmental Protection.

    298(9) “Dewatering” means the use of wells or other such equipment to temporarily lower a water level as may be necessary during construction activities.

    322(10) “District” means a water management district created pursuant to Chapter 373, F.S.

    335(11) “Drive Shoe” means any device specifically designed, fabricated, and installed to protect the bottom end of a water well casing or liner pipe from collapse or other damage while the casing or liner pipe is being driven into place in a water well.

    379(12) “Driven Casing” means casing that has been installed by driving where the bore hole is equal to or smaller in diameter than the nominal outside diameter of the casing.

    409(13) “Geothermal well” means a type of well used for the purpose of developing ground water as a medium for thermal heat exchange.

    432(14) “Limited use commercial public water system” means a public water system not covered or included in the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, which serves one or more nonresidential establishments and provides piped water.

    466(15) “Limited use community public water system” means a public water system not covered or included in the Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, which serves five or more private residences or two or more rental residences, and provides piped water.

    506(16) “Liner” means a metallic or nonmetallic pipe which is installed either within the outer casing to improve, repair, or protect the outer casing or below the outer casing to seal off caving material which may be encountered in the open hole of the well.

    551(17) “Multifamily water system” means a water system that provides piped water for three to four residences, one of which may be a rental residence.

    576(18) “Neat Cement Grout” means a mixture of water and Portland cement (American Concrete Institute Type I, Type II, or Type III); or a mixture of water and Portland cement of a type or kind approved by the permitting authority; or a mixture of water, Portland cement of a type or kind approved by the permitting authority, and an amount of those additives approved for use in cement grouts and approved by the permitting authority.

    651(19) “Nominal” means those standard sizes of pipe from one-eighth inch to 12 inches, specified on the inside diameter, which may be less than or greater than the number indicated. When referred to the grouting annulus, nominal means either the available void thickness between telescoped casing varying less than 0.20 inches below standard where one inch of grout is required and 0.35 inches below standard where two inches of grout is required, or the average available void thickness between the borehole and outside wall of the casing.

    738(20) “Permitting Authority” means the Department or any district, or political subdivision that has been delegated the authority to issue permits under Chapter 373, Part III, F.S.

    765(21) “Potable water” means water that is satisfactory for human consumption, dermal contact, culinary purposes, or dishwashing.

    782(22) “Private water system” means a water system that provides piped water to one or two residences, one of which may be a rental residence.

    807(23) “Public water system” means a system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if such system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year.

    859(24) “Repair” means any action which involves the physical alteration or replacement of any part of a well, but does not include the alteration or replacement of any portion of a well which is above ground surface.

    896(25) “Telescoping Casing” means an interior casing extending below and sealed within an exterior casing.

    911(26) “Water Well” or “Well” means any excavation that is drilled, cored, bored, washed, driven, dug, jetted, or otherwise constructed when the intended use of such excavation is for the location, acquisition, development, or artificial recharge of ground water, but such term does not include any well for the purpose of obtaining or prospecting for oil, natural gas, minerals, or products of mining or quarrying; for inserting media to dispose of oil brines or to repressure oil-bearing or natural gas-bearing formation; for storing petroleum, natural gas, or other products; or for temporary dewatering of subsurface formations for mining, quarrying, or construction purposes.

    1013(27) “Water Well Contractor” means an individual who is responsible for the construction, repair, or abandonment of a water well and who is licensed under Chapter 62-531, F.A.C., to engage in the business of construction, repair, or abandonment of wells.

    1053(28) “Well Seal” means an approved arrangement or device to prevent contaminants from entering the well at the upper terminal.

    1073Rulemaking Authority 1075373.309 FS. 1077Law Implemented 1079373.303, 1080381.0062, 1081403.852 FS. 1083History–New 8-17-74, Amended 7-16-81, Formerly 17-21.02, 17-21.020, Amended 7-30-89, 3-11-92, Formerly 17-532.200, Amended 3-28-02, 10-7-10.


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