Drinking water: Private wells
We do not regulate the water quality for private water wells (they are not included in the Safe Drinking Water Act).
- Well permits are issued by the Division of Water Resources.
- Testing your water.
- Drinking Water From Household Wells pamphlet.
Modified only slightly from the original EPA guide to reflect local Colorado information.
- Well water and your health.
- Shock chlorinating a well video.
- How to protect a fire-damaged Well.
Addresses damaged wells in the Black Forest burn area but applies to any well damaged in a wildfire.
- EPA: Private Wells | EPA: Groundwater | WellOwner.org | Private Well Class | National Ground Water Association.
- Colorado State University water quality interpretation tool.
- Water Systems Council Hotline
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- The federal Safe Drinking Water Act doesn’t apply to private wells, only to “public drinking water systems” — government or privately run companies supplying water to 25 people for at least 60 days of the year or has at least 15 service connections.
- Individual well owners have primary responsibility for the safety of the water drawn from their wells. They don’t benefit from the government’s health protections for public water systems, which must comply with federal and state regulations for frequent analysis, testing and reporting of results.