Private Water Supply (Well) Permit
Required permit for installation of on-site water supply (well) systems. Permit fee must be paid at time of application. Application is available below or at each county office. For more information call the following:
Branch County: 517-279-9561 ext. 106
Hillsdale County: 517-437-7395 ext. 311
St. Joseph County: 269-273-2161 ext. 233
NEW! Be Well Informed tool
The Be Well Informed web tool is now available. The tool is a resource for private well owners to help them understand their water well sample results. Well owners input the results from their laboratory report and the concentration is compared to Michigan drinking water criteria. Links to compound specific information about potential risks and typical treatment methods is included if available.
Well Water Testing and Interpreting Your Results
Program to evaluate drinking water quality through laboratory analysis to detect chemical and/or bacteriological contamination. Sample collection kits available at each county office. If you are interested in testing your well water for compounds other than coliform bacteria and the partial chemical screening test, please contact the Environmental Health office in your county to discuss what is available.
Tests are available for:
Coliform and Nitrates
Volatile Organic Compounds
The testing fees vary for these water tests and sampling containers may need to be ordered.