1. Location Approval
The location of your well must comply with County and State requirements. In order to prevent contamination and leakage, you’ll need to ensure that your well is nowhere near the following sources:
- Septic systems
- Sites for solid waste disposal
- Ponds designated for sewage
- Storm sewers and industrial waste sites
- Feedlots and stable areas
- Areas where fertilizer and pesticides are stored and prepared
These guidelines are in place to prevent contamination to your water as well as surrounding structures. Additional sources to avoid and the proper distances can be found here.
2. Permit Completion
Permits must be completely and accurately filled out. Information should include details such as the proposed location’s elevation as well as a site plan. The distances to possible pollution sites, such as those listed above, also need to be listed on the permit application.
3. Contractor Licensing
Unproperly dug wells sometimes fail to keep contaminants out. It is necessary to hire a sufficiently licensed contractor to complete any well drilling, modifications or destruction in Sonoma County. In order to remain fully compliant with all laws, you must confirm that your proposed contractor has this license before any work is done.
Atterbury & Associates provides land planning and a variety of other civil engineering services. Start learning how to get the most out of your development property by contacting our office us at 707-433-0134.