Considerations of well siting, construction, yield, and water quality are all part of the well permitting and approval process. Well siting is approved by field visits by sanitarians, and every attempt is made to ensure that wells developed produce water that is chemically and bacteriologically acceptable. In cases where this is not possible, water treatment devices may be required to produce finished water of acceptable quality.
Wells intended for monitoring, agricultural or public use are subject to different requirements. Individuals anticipating drilling such wells are encouraged to contact the Environmental Health Office at 240-313-3400 for details. Well permits are $160.00/well.
There are many options available to property owners who wish to have their water sampled. A variety of laboratories perform sampling and testing services and their prices and time frames vary greatly. Because of the complexity of the sampling protocols, it may be best to consult with Environmental Health staff members at 240-313-3400 before deciding on a course of action.
Mail all completed applications with fee payments to:
Washington County Health Department
Environmental Health Division
13332 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21742