Environmental Health
Drinking Water & Wells
  Frequently Asked Questions  

What do I do to get a well drilled?
Contact a licensed well driller. You can find a list of licensed well drillers in the yellow pages of the phone book.

Does it matter where I drill my well?
Yes, you should locate the well at least:

  • 50 feet from your septic tank
  • 100 feet from the edge of an on-site sewage system absorption field
  • 50 feet from a sewer line

I want a building permit and need to get my water source approved, how do I do that?
You will need to go through an approval process.

How long does it take to go through the approval process?
That depends.

How deep will I have to drill my well?
The depth may vary depending on your area.

What do I have to do to develop my own public water system?
We have different guidelines depending on the type of water system (based on number of connections). See Public Water Systems for well classifications and approval process instructions.

My well is making me sick, what should I do?
Stop drinking the water. Have your water tested for coliform bacteria, see Water Quality Lab for more information.

How do I find out who takes care of the public water system that serves my house?
If you know the name of the water system, you can find that information by searching the DOH public water system database. Or you can contact the Health Dept at 360-867-2673.

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This page last updated: 05/18/22