Private Well Information

The Environmental Health Department is the administrative authority for permitting well services in Dallas County. In Iowa, all work that meets the Iowa DNR definition of "well services" must be performed by either the owner of the non-commercial well or by a Iowa DNR Certified Well Contractor.  Please visit Iowa DNR's Private Well Program website for more information.  

 Online Well Permit Application

Private Well Owners

Did you know that if you drink water out of a private water supply, you should test your water source at least once each year and anytime that the well water changes in look, smell or taste? Private wells can be tested for free, contact your local Environmental Health Specialist for information. 

Help protect the groundwater used by your family and others by having all of your unneeded wells and cisterns properly plugged.  For information to participate in a grant program that will pay for part of your plugging cost or well rehabilitation cost, click a link below.

                      Well & Cistern Plugging Info           Well Reconstruction Info

Board of Health Regulations Chapter 32 Nonpublic Water Wells  

567 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Private Well Rules

567 IAC Chapter 38 - Private Water Well Construction Permits 

567 IAC Chapter 39 - Requirements for Properly Plugging Abandoned Wells

567 IAC Chapter 49 - Construction Standards - Nonpublic Water Supply Wells