Pullman contractor fined for illegally filling well with debris

This Whitman County well was illegally decomissioned and filled with debris by a contractor, resulting in a $10,000 fine from the Department of Ecology.

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Pullman contractor is facing penalties for illegally altering and filling a homeowner’s well with debris from a razed house. 

The Washington Department of Ecology fined KACI Construction and its owner, Kirby Dailey, $10,000 for improperly decommissioning the well and doing so without a license. 

In the spring of 2020, employees at KACI Construction razed a fire-damaged home in preparation for reconstruction. While clearing fire debris, workers damaged a well on the property, then filled it with the debris. 

The homeowners discovered the situation months later after nearly falling into a hole caused by subsidence from the improperly filled well. 

“Decommissioning a well needs to be done properly to protect nearby residents and to prevent environmental damage,” said Jaime Short, Ecology’s Eastern Region water resources manager. “The way KACI Construction filled in this well created unsafe conditions, so they have a responsibility to fix the problems.”

KACI Construction has 30 days to pay the penalty or appeal. Daily has also been ordered to hire a licensed well driller to either repair or decommission the well properly.