Proof of Potable Water

Well Site Verification and Water Availability

Filling a Glass at a FaucetHaving good drinking water is important to individual and public health. Proof of potable (drinkable) water is required for most building permits in Clallam County. This is to help make sure that the water supply for your home or business is adequate and safe.

A Well Site Verification and Water Availability Form (PDF) and fee are required to register proof of potable water availability. The fee is $70 if the water source is a group A or B community water system or an individual well. 

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted

If you are connecting to an existing public water system, Environmental Health requires verification from the water system that you will be able to connect to their system. This information is then verified with information in the State of Washington water system database to ensure the water system is in compliance with regulations and is designed to handle the added connection.

WellIf your water supply comes from a new or existing individual well, we require a plot plan, a well log, and satisfactory bacteriological and nitrate water test results. More information may be required in some cases. Environmental Health reviews your information and confirms sufficient water is available. If your parcel is in the Dungeness Water Rule area, you may be required to obtain mitigation from the Department of Ecology for water use. New wells must meet required setbacks.

If you are adding a second connection to your current individual well, you may need a shared well agreement. If the new connection is a residence on the same parcel, this does not apply. If the second connection is on another parcel, a Shared Well Agreement (PDF) is required. The shared well agreement is then filed on the title to both properties with the Auditors Office.

New water systems serving commercial buildings, food service establishments or 3 or more connections require approval from the Washington State Department of Health as part of the water availability process.

Please review the links above for more detailed information. If you have any questions about the water availability verification process, please contact Environmental Health Services.