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Individual Water Supplies

     Wells, Cisterns, and Springs

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 training 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 DW-1.  For more information regarding approved construction guidelines, contact your Local Health Department.

Potable Water Haulers are required to register with the local 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


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Individual Water Well Forms

Click Here for a listing of, and links to historical well forms, rules & design standards, and policies

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