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 and 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 Well Program at 509-7296.
 

Homeowner's Checklist


 Private Well Testing
 Private well Assessment Program Series
 
 "Why Should I Test My Private Drinking Well" (Script)
 
 
 
"What Chemicals Should I Test For?" (Script)
 
 
             
"My Test Results Show Elevated Levels - What Are My Options?" (Script)

Realtor Information

Laws and Regulations

Laws:

Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-36:

  • Authority to establish and amend the Public Health Code.
  • Authorization of the local director of health to:
    • Use an existing private well within 200 feet of a community water supply system
    • Install a replacement well within 200 feet of a community water supply system
    • Install an irrigation well within 200 of a community water supply system
    • Require mitigation measures including abandonment of irrigation wells

 Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-37:

  • Authority to adopt regulations pertaining to protection and location of new wells.
  • Authority to adopt regulations for the testing and reporting of water quality results.
  • Educational material concerning private well testing.
  • Authority to issue a certificate of occupancy on the basis of water quality test results.
  • Authority and basis to require testing of a private well for additional parameters.
  • Provisions on who may collect samples of water for water quality testing.

Regulations:

 

All agency regulations are available through the Connecticut Secretary of State website. 

The Public Health Code (PHC) of the State of Connecticut Title 19 provides regulations on public health and safety.  The following topics regarding private wells can be found within Title 19: 

  • Water Supply Wells and Springs
    • PHC Section 19-13-B51 (pages 82-88)
  • Testing of Water Quality in Private Water Supply Systems
    • PHC Section 19-13-B101 (pages 105-107).
    • PHC Section 19-13-102 subsection (e), subdivision (2), (3), (4) (pages 117-120).

Well Drilling:  

Statutes and Regulations regarding well drilling are under the authority of the Connecticut

Department of Consumer Protection (CT DCP)

 


Low Flow Water Treatment Wastewater Workgroup
 
The Low Flow Water Treatment Workgroup meetings were convened by the Department of Public Health Private Well Program on July 17, 2014 and July 30, 2014 to bring together local health departments, local building officials, water treatment companies, and other water and wastewater professionals to discuss the Low Flow Water Treatment Wastewater (LFWTW) general permit that was issued by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on January 30, 2014.  The general permit for LFWTW provides a mechanism for homeowners with point of entry (whole house) water treatment systems for private wells to dispose of most treatment backwash wastewater.  Backwash water from point of entry (whole house) treatment systems cannot discharge into a septic system.


 

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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