Wells that are properly constructed and maintained can provide many years of uninterrupted water. By following Iowa's state regulations for well construction, conducting routine maintenance, and watching out for signs of contamination, you can extend the life of your well and improve the quality of your water supply.
For any additional questions or information, please contact one of the Environmental Health Specialists at Johnson County Public Health at (319) 356-6040.
Water Well Applications & Regulations
Well Water Applications in PDF FormatWater Well Applications in PDF Format
Private Water Well Construction Application
Private Water Well Rehabilitation Instructions
Private Water Well Rehabilitation Application
Private Water Well Rehabilitation Record
Well Plugging Grant Application
Well Plugging Record
Johnson County Nonpublic Water Supply Regulations 2009Iowa Regulations for Plugging Abandoned WellsIowa Regulations Governing the Sale & Marketing of Residential Water Treatment SystemIowa Regulations for Residential Water Treatment
Diagram of a Well (Click on the picture to see an enlarged version)
Successfully Plugging Your Abandoned WellAbandoned Wells Pose Safety HazardsDrinking Water From Household WellsGood Wells for Safe Water
Contamination & Treatment OptionsContamination Arsenic Bacterial Contamination Giardia & Crytosporidium Iron Bacteria Lead Nirate PesticidesFlood Cleanup Emergency DisinfectionShock Chlorinating & Disinfecting WellsWell Maintenance & ManagementWell Water & Home Treatment SystemsSource Water Protection
Grants to Counties (addresses concerns about water quality and groundwater contamination) Free well water analysis to rural county residents. To request free well water analysis, contact Johnson County Public Health at (319) 356-6040. No application required. Grants of up to $400 to assist with the costs of plugging abandoned wells Application for Well Plugging Financial Assistance Grants of up to $400 to assist with the costs of plugging abandoned wells Instruction for Well Rehabilitation Application for Well Rehabilitation Financial Assistance
(Programs are subject to the availability of state grant dollars.)
Water Well Sampling
All well water should be periodically sampled. How often you test your well water varies by the age of the well, and whether you experience water discoloration, unusual smells, and/or suspect contamination. You may contact Johnson County Public Health or the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory to purchase sample bottles.
Johnson County Public Health offers free water sampling to Johnson County residents. Call to make an appointment to have an Environmental Health Specialist take the water sample for you. This program is funded by the Grants to Counties Grant and only a limited number of samples are available free of charge each year.
If you have any questions or concerns about your well please contact an Environmental Health Specialist at Johnson County Public Health at (319-356-6040).
Iowa Statewide Well Water SurveyMaking Sure Your Drinking Water is SafeState Hygienic Lab at the University of Iowa
Water Quality & Other Related Links
Johnson County Water Quality and Conservation
American Water Works AssociationEPA Consumer Confidence Reports on Drinking WaterEPA Region 7IDPH Division of Environmental Health (IDPH) IDNR Well AbandonmentIowa Water Quality BureauIowa Department of Natural ResourcesIowa Farm*A* SystIowa Rural Water AssociationIowa Department of Public HealthIowa Department of Inspections and AppealsIowa Geological SurveyJohnson County Soil & Water Conservation District - Conservation NewsNational Environmental Health AssociationUS Geological Survey of Johnson County Well Sites
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