In 2018, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) decided that all of the various water wells around the Commonwealth needed to be brought in line with some new regulations. These regulations forbid the use of gravel-packed wells. Those with cemented grouting have to be used instead due to the DEQ’s concerns of environmental seepage.
In the case of Westmoreland County, this meant the well in downtown Montross, as well as the one behind the A.T. Johnson building would have to be capped and replacement wells dug. In order for both the county and the Town of Montross to save money on this expensive venture, it was proposed that two joint wells be created, which the DEQ gave their blessing on.