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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.

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Updating our Septic System Policies

On June 11, 2019, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took action to meet State mandated septic system regulations that protect water quality and public health. The Board authorized the submittal of a revised Sonoma County Local Agency Management Program to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. The approved changes to the OWTS Manual are anticipated to take effect July 22, 2019.
OWTS Manual Local Approval Process

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.

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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
38.465074, -122.723705

Well & Septic Districts Map

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Well and Septic Districts Map

Map of well and septic environmental health districts within Sonoma County.