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Groundwater Monitoring: Database Searches

The USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia no longer permits public access to paper water well records due to restrictions for homeland security and because of the Privacy Act. We apologize for the inconvenience. There are two options for obtaining lists of wells in a geographic area. However, note that information on well use (public supply, industrial, domestic, etc.) and well ownership cannot be supplied, again because of the restrictions on sensitive data.

The Georgia Groundwater Information and Project Support Unit will, upon request, perform database searches using the Groundwater Site Inventory (GWSI) database. A common type of search looks for wells located within a specified radius of a given location. The State of Georgia requires that such a search for wells be done as part of some regulated activities, such as underground storage tank siting and remediation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Groundwater Site Inventory for Georgia is not a comprehensive listing of all wells in the State--in fact, the database contains a very small proportion of all wells. The results of a database search should not be regarded as a complete record of wells in the area searched.

A similar search of GWSI can be performed online, using the NWISWeb system. Instead of a radius search, NWISWeb can retrieve all well records in GWSI within a rectangle defined by 2 sets of latitude-longitude coordinates, or you can search by an address and zoom to your preferred extent. NWISWeb searches are free, though the information retrieved for each site is more limited than a direct GWSI search performed by the Groundwater Information and Project Support Unit.

1. Online Search

Text-based retrieval instructions (retrieves a listing of well information for the area):

  1. Go to
  2. Under "Choose Site Selection Criteria", choose
    1. Site location, choose Lat-long box, AND
    2. Site attribute, choose Site  type
  3. Click "Submit"
  4. On the next screen, choose "Groundwater" for the site type, and input your northwest and southeast latitude/longitude values in either degrees-minutes-seconds or decimal degrees.
  5. Choose the output format "Site-description information displayed in table format" (or a different format), and select the fields you want from the scrolling list.  Use CTRL-click to select multiple items in the list.
  6. Click "Submit"
  7. The results of your search will appear on the next screen.

Map-based retrieval instructions (shows detailed data for one site at a time):

  1. Go to
  2. Using the Sites tab on the left side, enter a street address (or other critieria), or use the map tools to zoom to the approximate area of interest.
  3. Active surface-water sites are shown by default: use the controls on the left side to uncheck the box for these, then check the boxes under Groundwater Sites for Active Sites and Inactive Sites. You may also wish to turn on Spring sites depending on your specific interest.
  4. Zoom in to the extent of interest. A scale is shown in the bottom left corner.
  5. Click on each site shown to see the site identification, and to show a link to Access Data about that site.

2. Direct GWSI search

If you need a direct GWSI search performed, you can fax the required information to (678) 924-6710 (preferred method), send an e-mail to, or call (678) 924-6700. Each database search request should give the following information:

  • Latitude (in degrees/minutes/seconds) of center of search
  • Longitude (in degrees/minutes/seconds) of center of search
  • Search radius requested (up to 5 radiuses around one lat-long can be searched fora single fee.
    Each latitude and longitude is a separate fee.)
  • Name of individual or company requesting the search
  • A name and phone number to contact if we have a question about the request
  • Your project number, if you have one (for your information only--not needed to process the request )

Contact us directly:

USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center - Georgia Office
1770 Corporate Drive
Suite 500
Norcross, GA 30093
(678) 924-6700

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