Health Law Bulletin

Frequently Asked Questions: Local Regulation of Private Drinking Water Wells

Thursday, May 1, 2008

In 2006 the General Assembly enacted legislation directing the Environmental Management Commission (EMC) to adopt rules “governing the permitting and inspection by local health departments of private drinking water wells. . . . .” In addition, the legislation directed the Commission for Public Health to adopt rules governing the sampling and testing of water from private drinking water wells. The EMC and the Commission for Public Health finalized the rules, and they are expected to go into effect July 1, 2008.

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