Rules Handbook
Well Management Program

The Rules Handbook, A Guide to the Rules Relating to Wells and Borings, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4725, is designed to assist readers in understanding and implementing the well and boring rules, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4725. The handbook contains the rule language effective August 4, 2008, followed by explanation, comment, diagrams and references. The handbook also contains a copy of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103I, pertaining to wells, borings and underground uses, as well as selected portions of other laws and rules pertaining to wells. In addition, the handbook contains many reference materials including: lists of products such as drilling fluid additives that meet rule requirements, casing volume tables, conversion factors, maps and details about special well and boring construction areas, and considerable information on groundwater and water quality.

The Rules Handbook contains current copies of the rules and statutes as of the date of the handbook publishing; however, there may be more recent versions, and the handbook copies are not the official copies, which are located on the website of the Revisor of Statutes.

The Rules Handbook was prepared by the Well Management Section, Environmental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Health. Questions may be directed to the Well Management Section by e-mail or by telephone at 651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808.

The handbook may be viewed or downloaded in it’s entirety or by sections. A printed (paper) copy of the handbook is not currently available.

Rules Handbook
Online Version of the Rules Handbook

The electronic version of the Rules Handbook is a large document. Allow for a significant amount of download time. The entire Rules Handbook is 603 pages, with an electronic file size of 19.3 MB.

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Introduction, Subject Index, and Table of Contents
(PDF: 1.1MB/31 pages)

General, Definitions -- 4725.0050-0150
(PDF: 2MB/52 pages)

Applicability, Enforcement, Fees, Variance -- 4725.0200-0450
(PDF: 607KB/22 pages)

Licensing, Registration, Certification -- 4725.0475-1800
(PDF: 724KB/32 pages)

Permits and Notifications -- 4725.1810-1850
(PDF: 766KB/32 pages)

Records, Samples -- 4725.1851-2000
(PDF: 367KB/10 pages)

Aquifers, Disposal -- 4725.2010-2100
(PDF: 477KB/8 pages)

Utilities, Buildings -- 4725.2150-2200
(PDF: 282KB/6 pages)

Casing -- 4725.2250-2700
(PDF: 549KB/18 pages)

Screens, Drilling Fluids -- 4725.2750-3000
(PDF: 456KB/8 pages)

Grouting -- 4725.3050-3100
(PDF: 1MB/22 pages)

Connections, Pumps -- 4725.3150-3400
(PDF: 362KB/8 pages)

Flowing Wells and Borings, Label -- 4725.3450-3600
(PDF: 845KB/12 pages)

Special Construction Areas -- 4725.3650-3700
(PDF: 251KB/4 pages)

Treatment, Repair, Sealing -- 4725.3725-4000
(PDF: 698KB/24 pages)

Water-Supply Wells, Limestone, Flooding -- 4725.4050-4400
(PDF: 678KB/12 pages)

Isolation Distances -- 4725.4450-4500
(PDF: 749KB/26 pages)

Minimum Depth, Sediment, Lead, Nonpotable -- 4725.4550-4825
(PDF: 249KB/4 pages)

Pitless, Pumps, Vents, Hydrofracturing -- 4725.4850-5500
(PDF: 491KB/14 pages)

Disinfection, Water Sample -- 4725.5550-5700
(PDF: 380KB/10 pages)

Dug Wells -- 4725.5750-5800
(PDF: 216KB/2 pages)

Public Wells -- 4725.5825-6000
(PDF: 342KB/8 pages)

Remedial Wells -- 4725.6050-6100
(PDF: 291KB/4 pages)

Dewatering Wells -- 4725.6150-6400
(PDF: 274KB/4 pages)

Monitoring Wells -- 4725.6450-7000
(PDF: 538KB/12 pages)

Vertical Heat Exchangers -- 4725.7050-7200
(PDF: 250KB/4 pages)

Elevator Borings -- 4725.7250-7400
(PDF: 246KB/2 pages)

Environmental Bore Holes -- 4725.7450-7605
(PDF: 246KB/4 pages)

Appendix: Index, Materials
(PDF: 804KB/32 pages)

Appendix: Rules, Law
(PDF: 752KB/36 pages)

Appendix: Information
(PDF: 15.5MB/140 pages)

Contact the MDH Well Management Section
651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808

Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 02:17PM