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The Water Well Program is conducted to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the County by ensuring that the groundwaters of the County will not be polluted or contaminated.
Permits are required for the construction, destruction, deepening, and repair of a water well.
Drillers are required to follow the California Water Well Standards, Bulletin 74-81 and supplements, developed by the California Department of Water Resources.
Environmental Health reviews permits submitted by Licensed Well Drillers for setback and development issues; and conducts inspections as required on specific parcels prior to permit approval, during the placement of the annular seal, and at any other time deemed necessary. Well completion reports are required to be submitted within 60 days of well completion and are reviewed prior to final of the well permit. (Permit fees)
Drilling a Well:
Listing of Well Drillers and Pump System Contractors
Well Permit Application
Report of Well Production - required for a building permit application
Policy 800-02: Adequate water supply required prior to building permit approval
Well Drilling Standards: County Ordinance (Chapter 8.39)
Monitoring Well / Soil Boring Permit Conditions
Monitoring Well Application
Owning a Well:
A Guide for the Private Well Owner
Well Completion Report Request by Owner
Instructions for Taking Water Samples
Instructions for Disinfecting a Well
Water Testing Laboratories
Sewage and Water Certification Application(water & sewage inspections)
Typical Water Demands for Rural Residential Parcels (and for other uses)
Additional Information and Links: These links are provided for your convenience - This is not an endorsement by this department of an individual, company or organization.
Home Water Treatment Devices:
Water Well Program Forms:
Department of Water Resources Water Conservation Tips and Information Water Conservation (H2Ouse; Water saver home) Water Systems Council (WSC) wellcare® Information Sheets
H2O Conserve Water Calculator: Learn how much water you use, and how water connects to almost every aspect of your life.
Water Quality Agreement for El Dorado National Forest Service Residential Water & Wastewater Systems
Coliform Bacteria ContaminationWater Quality
Blue-Green Algae/ Cyanobacteria: