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Abandoned Water Wells

• Michigan Abandoned Well Management Program Overview Unplugged abandoned wells can threaten the quality of drinking water from both private wells and those servicing public water supply systems.  It is estimated that over 2 million unplugged wells exist in Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has implemented a  comprehensive program to coordinate statewide abandoned water well plugging activities.  Plugging abandoned water wells protects aquifers that supply drinking water to nearly one-half of Michigan's citizens.  Proper well closure eliminates the risk of injury.  The goal of the MDEQ program is to maximize abandoned water well plugging.  Michigan's Abandoned Well Management Program (AWMP) strategy incorporates the following elements:

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