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2020 April Updates to Well Reports

Updates to: Well Report Details and Parcel Groups

Updates to Well Reports

This April we deployed major changes and data updates to Well Reports. These features are available in both California and Washington. Here we covered the key changes but be sure to visit our website for more step-by-step instructions and visuals!

Why not a Wells Layer? Why are they “reports” ?

Most states track changes to groundwater wells. For example, when digging the well, when making it deeper, or when disabling the well. We thought it would be more useful to be able to track the history, rather than just see individual well. Please give us feedback!


Well reports layer shows all nearby well reports at one location

You might have noticed that not all the well reports were accessible up until recently, and you could only see a representative well for the purpose of getting the groundwater depth. We changed that. You can see how many well reports exist at a particular location. Sometimes the number is quite high:

well reports

Well Report Details


What’s in that 22 shown above? Click the triangle to find out. The number of wells will show up in the sidebar. Then click to get more details.


Each well report can be reviewed, and optionally added to a Parcel Group with the “Add” button.


The URL Link takes you to the well report PDF. In some cases, the well report had multiple pages, so there will be multiple links (that’s how the state scanned the report).


22 wells details

Why are there so many Well Reports in one spot? Why isn’t the Well Report within the parcel where the well is located?

These are common questions. Most states track well report locations by latitude and longitude of the center of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) section. Here’s a diagram from washington.edu Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, with modifications:


As a result, if you’d like to be sure you collect all the Well Reports for a parcel, follow these steps in the AQUAOSO Research Tool:

  1. Enable the Township-Section-Range layer,
  2. Change the base map image to Light Gray Canvas,
  3. Click your parcel so it is outlined in yellow,
  4. Disable the parcel layer,
  5. and find a triangle at the center of the section for your parcel.

How to Add Well Reports to Parcel Groups

We allow you to add as many well reports to a parcel group as you need. Running a PDF report on the parcel group will now include those wells.

save wells to groups new

Adding a Well Report to a Parcel Group lets you track:

  • All the wells on a farm or investment

  • History of well output (GPM)

  • Depth of the well (when available)

  • by looking at the PDF, you can confirm the ownership of the well, and its exact location.

Wells on PDF report

Let us know what you think of the latest Well Report changes by providing your feedback. You can always view our changelog from your AQUAOSO account to see all of our recent updates. Also be sure to check out our website for more resources, and for any further inquiries, please visit our Help Center!