The Amador County Environmental Health Department's water well program was developed to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public and the environment, by ensuring that ground water, which many residents in the county depend on for drinking water, will not be polluted or contaminated.
This program is enforced through a system of permits and inspections. Permits are required for construction, destruction (abandonment), deepening, and repairs of all wells. Construction, repair, deepening, and abandonment of wells are to be performed by a C-57 licensed driller/contractor. Drillers are held to California Water Well Standards set forth by the California Department of Water Resources. Well permit applications are available on line as long as it is printed on buff cardstock and with a color printer. The completed form can be mailed to the Environmental Health Department with the required fee.
• Well Site Inspection--Environmental Health Department is notified and an inspection performed when the proposed well site has been determined and staked. Setbacks to property lines and septic systems are verified at this time.
• Annular Seal Inspection--Environmental Health Department observes the placement of the seal and verifies the proper depth.
• Final Inspection--Ideally the final inspection is performed upon completion of the aboveground features and placement of the pump. This inspection may not be called for by the well driller and is the responsibility of the property owner. Before contacting the Environmental Health Department to schedule the final inspection, be sure to verify that all points to groundwater are sealed against contamination, the aboveground features are in place, a water sample has been taken, and the well completion report has been provided by the well driller.
1. Aboveground features include a 4-inch thick concrete pad around the wellhead extending 2 feet and sloping away from the casing and a check valve located on the discharge pipe.
2. The water needs to be sampled for the presence of coliform bacteria. This is performed after the well water has been disinfected with a chlorine solution. You or the well driller can take the water sample and have it analyzed by a State certified lab with a copy of the results being provided to this department. Or, in the event you would prefer this Department pull the water sample, there is an additional fee payable at the time of the final inspection request.
3. A well completion report is to be provided by the well driller to the Amador County Environmental Health Department and California Department of Water Resources upon well completion. All well completion reports are considered confidential, and therefore, only available to the property owner.
OBTAINING WELL COMPLETION REPORTS
California Water Code Section 13752 prohibits distributing well completion reports to anyone but the landowner, his or her designee, or a government agency without the owner's written permission.
In Amador County, a permit was not required to drill a water well until March 1990 when Amador County adopted its Well Drilling Permits and Standards. If the well was drilled under permit by Amador County Environmental Health and finaled, a well completion report can be provided upon request by the Environmental Health pursuant to California Water Code Section 13752.
If the well was drilled prior to 1990, well drillers were required to submit well completion reports to the California Department of Water Resources Central Region and may be available upon request and submission of a Release of Information form. The Release of Information is important because it provides critical information that is needed to help retrieve the Well Completion Report from CDWR's database.
Visit the Environmental Health FAQs for well related questions. Change the category to 'Water' to narrow the list.
WELL FORMS AND USEFUL INFORMATION:
Well Permit Application
Wildfire and Private Water Wells
Drinking Water Laboratories in Amador County Vicinity
Licensed Contractors, Engineers, Geologists, Consultants
EPA Consumer Information - Private Drinking Water Wells
WATER WELL PROGRAM LINKS:
California Dept. of Water Resources--State Well Standards
California Dept. of Water Resources--Water Well Standards Bulletin No. 74-81 & subsequent supplements
California Department of Water Resources--Well Completion Reports>