BBHD keeps records of all new private wells in our jurisdiction. Before a private well can be constructed, the BBHD must sign a well permit that is submitted by a state licensed well contractor. This permit shows the location of the well on the property and ensures that the minimum separating distances to any sources of potential contamination are met. After construction, the well driller is responsible for sending a copy of the well completion report to the Health District.
The last step for approval is usually the responsibility of the well owner and requires a water test performed by a State Licensed Laboratory. In addition to the one-time bacteria, physical and inorganic testing required by the State Department of Public Health, the BBHD requires a volatile organic compound test for new wells to ensure that the groundwater is absent of these cancer causing chemicals.
It is also recommended that private well owners test their water quality annually.