The Water Well program protects the public from water-borne diseases and water quality that can adversely effect health. Environmental Health issues well permits for individual residences and small public water supplies to ensure new wells are constructed properly and isolated from potential sources of contamination.
Environmental Health oversight works to ensure certain small public water supplies such as restaurants, motels, businesses, and schools collect required water samples and provide safe water to their clients.
Environmental Health investigates instances of groundwater contamination in order to better advise local residents. If investigation highlights practices that can be changed to improve water quality, Environmental Health informs the public and may create areas with special water well construction requirements.
Environmental Health has bacteriological, lead/copper, and nitrate/nitrite bottles available for submission to the Whitewater Associates Laboratory which can be picked up by the public. Environmental Health recommends annual testing of water wells for bacteria and periodic sampling for nitrate and nitrite. Partial chemical test consist of chloride, fluoride, iron, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, and sodium.
PHDM will issue new water well permits to parcels that meet the minimum requirements. Private Water Wells will require certain isolation distances.
- New Private Water Well permit valid for 2 years -
PHDM will issue a replacement water well permit when a new well is needed on the property.
- Replacement Private Water Well permit valid for 2 years -