Remediation Well Program

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The Monitoring Well Program protects the public health through a monitoring well construction program which ensures that wells are sited, constructed, monitored, and abandoned in a manner which will have no contaminant impact upon the groundwater resources, and thus the drinking water supplies of the citizens of Guilford County. This program enforces State and Local rules and regulations governing the siting, construction, and abandonment of wells.

Persons who install wells in Guilford County for air injection or sparging, monitoring (including piezometer), and recovery (soil vapor, groundwater, and free product) need to obtain well construction permits from Guilford County Health Department.  The construction of these wells without a valid permit is in violation of Guilford County Well Rules.  The well owners will be enforced for such violation. A valid permit issued by the Health Department can be found by searching here.

The following is the Monitoring Well Fee Schedule for Guilford County effective July 1, 2002 as approved by the Guilford County Board of Health:

On May 21, 2007, the Guilford County Board of Health amended the Guilford County Well Rules effective July 1, 2007. The amendments require that the geographical coordinates of all monitoring wells, air injection wells, air sparging wells, and recovery wells be established at the time of construction with an accuracy to within three (3) feet (using decimal degrees). The geographical coordinates must be recorded on the “Record of Construction” which has been amended to provide for recording the geographical coordinates of these wells on the form. The “Record of Construction” form is available here (3rd page) and must be submitted to the Guilford County Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health, within fifteen (15) days after construction of the well. The nomenclature for the permit for such wells has also been changed from “groundwater remediation permit” to “monitoring well, air injection well, air sparging well, or recovery well permit”.

Commercial and Residential Monitoring Well Permits:

$600.00 for the first well and $60.00 for each additional well.

These fees are to be renewed annually. Please also keep in mind that well renewal payment is required regardless of the incident status of a site.  Essentially, even if the site has been issued a no-further-action letter; i.e. deemed closed by the NC DENR, you are still required to pay the annual renewal permit fee if the wells have not been properly abandoned.

There is no grandfathering in place, these fees apply to all existing monitoring and recovery wells permitted in Guilford County.

The application for remediation well installation is available here for download.

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