Residents of West Virginia who want to have a well drilled,
or who wish to modify or abandon an existing well, must apply
and obtain a permit from their
Local Health Department prior to drilling, modifying, or abandoning the well.
The application for permit is available below.
Individual water wells must be drilled by licensed well drillers. You can search the
List of Approved Well Drillers and Pump Installers on the Environmental Engineering Division's web site.
Persons wishing to drill wells in West Virginia should view the
Environmental Engineering Division's Training & Certification site for
information on the requirements for certification
as well as
dates and locations.
Other sources of potable water supplies include cisterns and springs, however these
are not Department approved without the use of a chlorinator or ultraviolet light.
Chlorination systems must be constructed in accordance with Environmental
Health Procedure Memorandum
DW-38. Ultraviolet light systems must be constructed in accordance
with Environmental Health Procedure Memorandum
more information regarding approved construction guidelines, contact your
Local Health Department.
Haulers are required to register with the
health department and submit quarterly logs indicating deliveries of
potable water and source from which the potable water is obtained.
Residents wanting to have their potable water supply tested for bacteriological
safety may complete the
SW-253, Request for Water Analysis
form below, and submit it to their
Local Health Department.
There will be a fee for the sample. Contact your Local Health
Department for information about that fee.
Structures served by a Public Water System that also maintain an
individual water well must meet additional requirements. These
requirements can be found in the West Virginia Legislative Rule
64 CSR 15,
Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention. An additional
concern to the internal plumbing of such structures is an increase in
thermal expansion, see the following articles for more information.
Individual Water Well Rules
Click Here for Environmental Health Procedures
related to Drinking Water
Individual Water Well Forms
Click Here for a listing of, and links to
historical well forms, rules & design standards, and policies
This page contains links to external agencies. The West Virginia
Department of Health and Human Resources, Public Health Sanitation
Division is not responsible for the content of the these sites.
Well and Potable (Safe Drinking) Water Information:
Information on Financial Assistance for Well Construction and Repair:
External Informational Links - Individual Water Wells
and Individual Water Supplies: