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Requirements

Getting started on permitting a public water system:

The following tasks are required when beginning the permitting process for a water system. Due to the differences in the types of approvals required to obtain a State Permit, the required tasks have been separated into surface water and ground water systems.

Surface Water Systems

  1. A permit application and a $1,200 deposit must be submitted to the LPA.
  2. At the time of submitting the permit application, the following documents shall be submitted in order to begin the review process:
    1. Submit a technical report prepared by a qualified engineer. The technical report will contain design information for the overall treatment facility (raw water source, treatment system, storage tanks, and distribution pumps) and the Operations Plan that will describe how the water system will be operated and maintained. Please note that any proposed treatment system must be a State Approved Treatment System.
    2. Complete and submit a Technical, Managerial and Financial document (TMF).
    3. Submit the following Plans:
      1. Disinfection By-Products Sampling Plan (if applicable)
      2. Bacteriological Sample Siting Plan
      3. Lead and Copper Sampling Plan (if applicable)
      4. Emergency Notification Plan
  3. When the technical report, TMF, and all the Plans have been reviewed and approved, the LPA will issue a Notice to Construct the water system.
  4. Once constructed, the LPA will conduct a final inspection of the water system to ensure construction was completed in accordance with the approve plans.
  5. The LPA will then draft and issue the State Permit that will outline the operating conditions of the water system. An annual Health Permit must also be obtained prior to operation of the water system.
  6. The following is a list of ongoing requirements to maintain your water system in compliance:
    1. Maintain a certified water operator
    2. Obtain the annual Health Permit
    3. Perform all required sampling (annually, quarterly, bi-annually)
    4. Participate in the IID Joint Monitoring Program

Ground Water Systems

  1.  ALL water wells in Imperial County require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that is issued through the ICPDS. A permit application must be submitted to them. This process should be started as quickly as possible due to the duration of the environmental review process.
  2. A permit application and a $1,200 deposit must be submitted to the LPA.
  3. At the time of submitting the permit application, the following documents shall be submitted in order to begin the review process:
    1. Submit a site plan showing the location of the well. The well must be located at least 200 feet from any potential contamination activities (i.e. septic tanks and leach fields, below ground fuel storage tanks, animal storage areas, etc.).  The site plan must also include all water and sewer pipelines throughout the facility. 
    2. Submit a well construction drawing showing the underground and above-ground well components. The well shall be drilled by a C-57 licensed contractor to public water system standards, as outlined in the California Water Well Standards. The drawing shall specify the diameter of the well, the depth of the well, the diameter and material of the well casing, the width, depth and material of the annular seal, the pump size and type (vertical or submersible), and all the above-ground well appurtenances on the well discharge line (check valve, sample tap, flow meter, concrete base, etc.).
    3. Complete and submit a Technical, Managerial, and Financial document (TMF).
    4. Submit the following plans:
      1. Bacteriological Sample Siting Plan
      2. Disinfection By-Products Plan (if applicable)
      3. Lead and Copper Sampling Plan (if applicable)
      4. Emergency Notification Plan
  4. Once all the submittals and plans have been approved by the LPA, and a CUP has been obtained, the LPA will issue a Notice to Construct for the well. An inspection of the cement annular seal construction is required by this Division.
  5. Once completed, water samples from the well shall be taken immediately to determine if the water meets Primary and Secondary drinking water standards. If it is determined that the water does not meet standards, treatment of the well water will be required. If the water quality from the well meets drinking water standards, the well construction can be finalized and no treatment will be necessary. 
  6. If treatment of the well water is required, a qualified engineer must submit a design for the treatment components, which must be NSF 61 certified for public drinking water systems.
  7. After approval of the treatment design, or if the water does not require treatment, the annual Health Permit must be obtained. The LPA will then draft and issue the State Permit that will outline the operating conditions of the water system.
  8. The following is a list of ongoing requirements to maintain your water system in compliance:
    1. Maintain a certified water operator (if applicable)
    2. Obtain the annual Health Permit
    3. Perform all required sampling (annually, quarterly, bi-annually)