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Well and Septic Systems

The Well and Septic Division staff reviews all development proposals that will rely on wells or septic systems. They also review permit applications for septic system repair or upgrade. Their focus is on protecting health by ensuring that water wells are properly constructed and septic systems protect surface and ground water quality. Sonoma County's soils are notoriously poor for septic systems, so this is a sometimes challenging mission.

Revised OWTS Manual

On May 22, 2018, the Board of Supervisors considered the revised onsite waste treatment systems (OWTS) manual, in order to meet State mandated regulations. After community testimony about potential regulatory and financial burdens resulting from the OWTS manual, the Board postponed acceptance of the draft for six months so Board Members and staff can further engage the community and provide revisions to the Board by November 2018.

Sonoma County Rebuilding Together

Sonoma County Wildfires

Well, Septic, and Sewer

Rebuilding information related to water wells, septic systems, and sewers in areas affected by the Sonoma Complex Fire.

Inspections

Inspections
Inspections are necessary to determine whether well or septic construction work is compliant with code requirements, and that the scope of work is in accordance with the related permits.

Inspection Scheduling
Schedule and find out the results of your inspections in one of 3 ways.

Well & Septic Inspection Codes
Find the 3 digit codes needed to schedule inspections.

Seasonal Testing

Wet Weather Percolation and Groundwater Testing
Septic Systems: To protect groundwater from pollutants from septic systems, the Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) Manual requires that wet weather groundwater table determinations be conducted under specific conditions.

Dry Weather Well Testing
Water Wells: Sonoma County Code requires dry weather well testing for issuance of building permits for new dwellings located in marginal or scarce water zones.

Graywater is wastewater collected from showers, bathtubs, bathroom sinks, and clothes washing machines. Graywater does not include water from toilets, kitchen sinks, or dishwashers. Graywater can be routed to your landscape to help meet your irrigation needs.

Contact Information

Contact Well & Septic by Phone
Address
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465225, -122.723293