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Ensure Your Well Water is Clean and Safe with Resources from Award-Winning County Program

Author: Public Health Department
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:01 PM

When the drought threatened groundwater quality in SLO County, the Environmental Health team developed an award-winning program to help residents ensure their well water stays safe.


County residents who rely on private wells for their drinking water are now better equipped to make sure their water stays safe and clean, thanks to the resources in an award-winning program developed by the County Health Agency Environmental Health Services division.

The program includes updated criteria and supports for well water professionals—including well drillers, laboratory scientists, hydrogeologists, and staff at other local and state agencies—as well as residents who get their water from private wells.

California's extended drought caused lower ground water levels, which can have a negative impact on the quality of the water. In response, the Environmental Health team took action. They developed resources ranging from an interactive GIS map of groundwater basins for well drillers to a YouTube tutorial for well owners and a wealth of other materials that distill the complexities of hydrogeology into clear steps focused on ensuring clean, safe drinking water.

The program was recognized with the 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work Award from the National Association of Counties, an initiative to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that results in improving residents’ quality of life.

Do you get your water from a private well? Be sure to check out the Well Owner's Checklist and the How to Maintain Your Well Water video below for guidance on keeping your water clean and safe.