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Environmental Health

Environmental Health - Water Well Program

 The Water Well Program is conducted to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the County of El Dorado by ensuring that the groundwater will not be impacted.


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 Management staff reviews permit applications 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, Permit Requirements and County Ordinance

​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.

The Private Well Class

Water Conservation

Statewide Advisory: Sealing Materials for Water Wells, Monitoring Wells, Cathodic Protection Wells, and Geothermal Heat Exchange Wells

Department of Water Resources Water Conservation Tips and Information 

H2O Conserve Water Calculator: Learn how much water you use, and how water connects to almost every aspect of your life.

Coliform Bacteria ContaminationWater Quality