DPH: Private Wells

Private Wells

There are approximately 344,000 private wells in Connecticut that serve approximately 24% of the state’s population of 3,510,300 persons. About 867,000 people are served by their own domestic drinking water source.   

 

Private (domestic) wells are not currently regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) therefore private well owners are responsible for the quality of their own drinking water. 

 

Local Health Departments/Districts have the authority over private wells in their respective towns. Private wells should be properly sited and approved before being constructed.

 

For technical advice on well water construction, maintenance, quality or treatment contact your Local Health Department/District or the Department of Public Health – Private Water Program at 509-7296.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR ENSURING THE ADEQUACY AND PURITY OF NEW PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS (June 30, 2009)

 

In the 2008 legislative session the General Assembly passed the following legislation:

Public Act 08-184 Sec. 51. (Effective from passage) The Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Departments of Environmental Protection and Consumer Protection, shall convene a working group of individuals to study and make legislative recommendations to ensure that property owners of new construction, with a private water supply well that serves as the source of drinking water are assured of an adequate supply of water that meets current standards for potability as defined in the regulations of Connecticut state agencies. The working group shall also study and make recommendations concerning the installation of replacement water supply wells on properties where there is insufficient area to meet the current separation distances as specified in the regulations of Connecticut state agencies.

 

The working group shall consist of: (1) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee or designees; (2) the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee or designees; (3) the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or the commissioner's designee or designees; and (4) various interested stakeholders who have expressed to the Department of Public Health a willingness to work with the department on such issues. Not later than July 1, 2009, the working group shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, its legislative recommendations to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating public health, environment and consumer protection.

 

 


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