Monday, February 2, 2009

Drilling a well that "might" become part of a PWS at a later date?

Drilling a well in Utah, but not sure if it will be part of a public water system at a later date? Save yourself time and expense down the line and refer to the New Source Check list on the Utah Division of Drinking Water Website. Before drilling the well the steps are as follows:

-Project Notification Form
-Preliminary Evaluation Report (PER) submittal and concurrance
-Well Drilling Specifications and Plans
-Valid Start Card or authorization to drill letter from the Division of Water Rights

Included in the Well Drilling Specifications submitted to the DDW will be the witnessed installation of a 100 foot minimum sanitary (cement grout) seal.
You may be able to back into the PER/DWSP at a later date, but it is very costly and risky to install a sanitary seal after the well has been installed.
Look at the area you are planning on drilling with respect to potential contamination sources (PCS's). If you have a leach field, septic tank, lay down yard, or any other potential PCS near your proposed well consult with a specialist or call the State DDW. Better yet follow all of the steps prior to drilling and submit a PER and Engineering Specs to the State it will save you time an money in the long run.

I have personally ran into this issue before, it is a chicken and egg type situation, the State may not review the PER and Engineering Specs in a timely manner unless you are part of a Public Water System. But if your well turns from a private source, or and process water source to a culinary source at a later date, then you will need to meet all of the standards set fourth above. At the very least even though it will not be reviewed by the State, complete the PER and Engineering Specs and turn them in. This will give you a "heads" up to any issues you may have at a later date. My recommendation is to complete the PER, Engineering Specs, and install the Sanitary Seal in your well if you think there is even a remote chance of your well becoming a public source down the line.

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