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Environmental Health

Potable Drinking Water

Underground Water Resources are arguably Monroe County’s most valuable natural resource.   A large percentage of Monroe County residents acquire their potable drinking water from beneath the surface of the ground.  Aquifers are underground geological “pools” from which water wells extract water for drinking, often times with little or no treatment.  Aquifer protection is not often considered with the development of new municipal systems.  However, this is the most critical time to consider sealing your aquifer to protect our community resource from contamination.  There is a great need to protect this underground resource because contamination can occur quickly from malfunctioning septic fields, agricultural pest control chemicals, and fertilizers.

How do I obtain New Construction Well Permit?
Refer to  Application to Install Water Supply Facility(pdf) - For informational purposes, triplicate form available at the Monroe County Health Department.

Where do I get water-testing information?
The Monroe County Water Lab is available to test well water samples for coliform bacteria. If coliform is detected in a water sample a confirmatory test is conducted to verify the original test result.  Please refer to the Environmental Health Division Fee Schedule for the cost.

Where do I get more information about groundwater disputes?
Refer to  Department of Environmental Quality

Can I get a holding tank permit?
Refer to  Hauled Water page

Everything you ever wanted to know about abandoning your well....
Refer to  Abandoned Wells page

As of 2007 the Monroe County Sanitary code provides the following provisions for new construction and replacement wells.

Request for Deviation Form:  This form is used for replacement wells, if deviation from Monroe County Sanitary code ordinances is needed.  Eg: isolation distances from septic fields.

Current Drinking Water Standards 

P.A. 399 of 1976 Safe Drinking Water  

Water well construction code