Coweta County, Georgia’s well ordinance: a proactive approach to protect the drinking water
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In Coweta County, Environmental Health officials noticed that construction of some bored wells lacked grouting procedures that met Georgia’s Water Well Standards Act. To remedy this, a county ordinance was instituted to ensure the proper protection of water wells. The County Commissioners approved the ordinance and the Environmental Health Department began requiring all well drillers to have a health official present during the grouting of new wells. The ordinance provides for oversight of the construction of all water wells to help assure cleaner drinking water, and to protect the health of residents and the quality of groundwater.