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Private Water Wells


Construction or Renovations

In Illinois, private water wells must be constructed or renovated by an Illinois Department of Public Health licensed well contractor. Before construction or modifications can take place, a private water well construction permit must be obtained. We issue these permits and conduct inspections of newly constructed and/or renovated private wells in Champaign County and within Champaign-Urbana. Contact us at (217) 363-3269 or (217) 373-7900 for more information.

Complete the private water well construction permit application and submit it along with a $200 fee (C-U or County). You may fax ((217) 373-7905) or e-mail eh@c-uphd.org an application for a preliminary review, but final approval will not be given until we receive a signed application form, along with the fee. Our staff will process your application within 15 days.

Finding a Contractor

To find a well contractor, please consult the yellow pages of your telephone book under "Well Drillers." You can look for contractors online at yellowpages.com.

Water Well Testing

Want to test your water well? Our test kits are $20 each (within Champaign-Urbana city limits) or $49 each (elsewhere in Champaign County) and are available for purchase in the Environmental Health Division. The kit fee includes sample bottles, instructions and lab testing for coliform bacteria and nitrates. Testing for coliform bacteria will reveal whether your water supply may be contaminated with infectious organisms. Nitrates found in ground water may be produced by agricultural fertilizers, livestock wastes or septic systems. For other water testing laboratory options, please see the EPA list of accredited laboratories below. If you reside in a different county, please contact your local health department to inquire about water well testing.

Arsenic in Groundwater

Arsenic in Groundwater
EPA: Arsenic in Drinking Water

EPA: Accredited Laboratories for Chemical Analyses (PDF)
Illinois State Water Survey

Water Treatment Companies
Water Softening Equipment Service & Supplies - yelllowpages.com

Information About Private Water Wells and Groundwater

Abandoned Wells - Hazards to Health and Safety
American Groundwater Trust
Bored Wells: Safe Water Supply Depends on Location and Construction
Drilled Wells: A Safe Water Supply Depends on Location and Construction
Emergency Hauling, Storing and Disinfecting Water Supplies
Groundwater Foundation
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency: Water
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois State Water Survey
Illinois Water & Related Wells (ISGS)
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Water
Water Wells: Abandoned / Sealing / Forms / Disinfection / General Information
Well Sampling for Coliform and Nitrate
Your Water Well System: A System of Choice

Rules and Regulations

Illinois Drinking Water Systems Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 900)
Illinois Groundwater Protection Act. (415 ILCS 55)
Health Ordinance #573 of Champaign County, outside C-U (PDF)
Illinois Plumbing Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 890)
Illinois Water Well Construction Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 920)
Illinois Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 915)
Illinois Water Well Construction Code (415 ILCS 30)
Illinois Water Well Pump Installation Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 925)
Illinois Water Well Pump Installation Code (415 ILCS 35)
Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor's License Act (225 ILCS 345)

Environmental Health Division
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District ♦ Champaign County Public Health Department
201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 373-7900 or (217) 363-3269
Fax: (217) 373-7905