How can I help the Health Department collect well
water samples for testing?
I test my well for?
Where do I go to get my water tested?
of state-certified labs for testing chemicals in water
labs for testing coliform bacteria in water
What do I need to do to have a well drilled?
Contact a licensed well driller. You can find a list
of licensed well drillers in the yellow pages of the phone
Does it matter where I drill my well on my property?
Yes, you should locate the well at least:
- 50 feet from your septic tank
- 100 feet from the edge of an on-site sewage system absorption
- 100 feet from any privy or outhouse
- 50 feet from a sewer line
- 100 feet from a sewage or manure lagoon
- 1000 feet from any parcel containing an active solid
waste landfill, inactive solid waste landfill, closed solid
waste landfill or illegal solid waste landfill.
I want to obtain a building permit and I need to get
my water source approved, how do I do that?
You will need to go through a process called water availability
approval. Contact our office for details.
How long does it take to get my water availability approved
so I can get my building permit?
HHS usually can usually finish the approval process within
a week of the time the completed water availability packet
reaches our office. Sometimes, applicants must conduct additional
testing or must submit additional paperwork because of the
well location. This usually takes more time.
My water is making me sick, what should I do?
Stop drinking the water. If the severity of your illness
concerns you, contact your health care provider. They can
help you with any necessary treatment to help get you well. Contact
our office for help in determining why the water you drank
may have made you sick.
How deep will I have to drill my well?
The depth to ground water varies from area to area in
Whatcom County so you will not know for certain until you
drill your well. You may get an idea by talking to a neighbor,
contacting a well driller or looking on our depth of well
map in our office.
What do I have to do to develop my own public water
Whatcom County has a coordinated water system plan that
provides guidance to people who need to develop a water system. Contact
our office before you drill your well or begin drawing plans
for your new water system.
How do I find out who takes care of the public water
system that serves water to my house?
Contact our office. Our support staff will help you find
the contact person for the public water system that serves