The West Virginia Department of Health has established regulations and design standards for Individual Sewage Systems and the drilling of Water Wells. The standards have been developed to protect those members of the public who will depend upon ground water sources. You, as the homeowner, should be aware of the following requirements:


Individual Sewage Systems:

  1. A Sewage System Installer must be certified by the State of West Virginia
  2. Homeowners and Sewage System Installers must obtain permits to install an Individual Sewage System
  3. A septic permit must be obtained before any building permits will be issued
  4. All Individual Sewage Systems must be constructed to meet the minimum design standards


To obtain a list of Certified Sewage System Installers click here

Want to know how to become a WV Certified Sewage System Installer?

Simple Ways to Protect Your Septic System


Common Warning Signs of a Failing Septic System

Environmental Services

Water Wells:
WV in 2008 passed new Legislation concerning Individual Water Wells.

  1. A well driller must be certified by the State of West Virginia
  2. Homeowners and drillers must obtain permits to drill a well
  3. All wells must be constructed to meet the minimum Design Standards


To obtain a list of Certified Well Drillers click here

Upon Medical request, water samples of individual water supplies (wells, springs, etc...) can be performed and submitted to the West Virginia State lab for analysis to determine if coliforms are present. Homeowners who wish to have their water supply sampled must fill out a Request for Water Analysis form and submit it to the Hampshire Health Department.

Click here for Well Disinfection Directions

Visit our Applications and Forms tab to the right for more information on wells, springs, cisterns, etc...

Sewage and Water