Individual Well Program
More than 43 million people in the United States rely on private water wells as their sole drinking water source according to a national research study by the US Geological Survey. The study also found that more than one out of the five wells contained one or more contaminants at concentrations above the safe human health benchmark. Some common contaminants found in domestic wells, included arsenic, uranium, boron, lithium and radionuclides. Drinking contaminated water can cause deficiency in cognitive development in infants and young children leading to life-long learning disabilities, cancer, thyroid problems, and other serious health issues.
The quality and safety of private water wells is not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) or any state or county laws. Individual well owners are responsible for maintaining and monitoring the water quality of their private well systems. However, many well owners do not know how to properly maintain their well to ensure the safety of their drinking water source.
RCAC launched the pilot, Individual Well Program in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association, University of Illinois, National Groundwater Association and the Water System Council to provide free well assessments and educational resources for private well owners, not regulated by SDWA. To apply online or mail/fax your request, see below.Online Assessment Request Form Flyer/Request Form (Eng & Español)
RCAC staff members perform the comprehensive well assessment, including an inspection for potential well vulnerabilities, potential contamination sources in close proximity to the well, and inspection to make sure the well is constructed properly, according to state well construction standards. The well assessment provides well owners with the education and resources to ensure their drinking water source is safe and reliable.
- Inspection and completed well assessment report with recommendations of possible needed repairs and water treatment options.
- Well Owners Resources Package, provided as a continuous learning resource.
- Well owners are more knowledgeable about how to properly maintain, inspect and perform regular water quality monitoring on their private well.
- Future follow-up technical assistance as needed.
- RCAC low-interest household well loans and possible grants for repairs and drilling a new well in the face of the drought. Please visit our Household Water Well Loans/Grants Program page for contact information.
The well owner workshop will educate well owners on proper operation and maintenance of drinking water wells and septic systems, common well and septic system troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and solutions. The workshop is useful for private well and septic system owners.
Well owners are invited to bring a three ounce sample of well water for a free water quality test for nitrate, which is commonly associated with wastewater contamination.
There are three workshops coming up:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 12:00 pm– 2:00 pm
Alpine Brance Library, Resource Room, 1752 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901– Registration>>
Friday, January 26, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pine Valley Branch Library, Community Center, 28804 Old Hwy 80
Pine Valley, CA 91962 – Registration>>
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Julian Branch Library, 1850 CA-78
Julian, CA 92036 – Registration>>
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For questions about the Individual Well Program – contact:
Rural Development Specialist
(916) 447-9832 ext. 1038
Help fund the Individual Well Program – contact:
Regional Environmental Manager
Interested in the well assessment – contact:
Administrative Specialist, Individual Well Program
(916) 447 – 2854 ext. 1049