Not sure what to expect when searching for a new contractor? Use this free, printable checklist to help you through the hiring process.

Things to keep in mind when hiring:

  • Are they NGWA certified?
    NGWA certification designations include:

    • Certified Well Driller (CWD) – Encompasses general industry knowledge, as well as practice and expertise in at least one drilling method
    • Certified Pump Installer (CPI) – Encompasses general industry knowledge and practice and expertise in water systems.
    • Master Ground Water Contractor (MGWC) – Demonstrates a high level of competency in both drilling operations and water systems.
  • What record(s) will the contractor give you upon the construction of a well (i.e., a well log, well construction report)?
  • Does the contractor have adequate liability and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you?
  • Ask the contractor for references from previous customers.
  • Will the contractor furnish a written contract, specifying the terms and conditions of the job?

When you’re ready to start your search for a qualified professional in your area, use our Find a Contractor tool.

How to Select a Contractor checklist

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