As COVID-19 continues to impact us locally, we will be closing all Public Health Madison & Dane County offices to the public effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Although this decision was not arrived at easily, it is a decision that we needed to make. We are prioritizing preserving the health and safety of our staff and clients while continuing to maintain our ability to provide essential services, including our response to COVID-19.
We will continue providing services through alternate avenues, detailed below, but at this time we are reducing our direct contact with the public.
The Lab will be reducing testing services. Specifically:
The Well and Septic program will continue regular services. Specifically:
Proper well location and maintenance reduces the chance for water contaminants impacting health. We issue Well Location Permits and offer water testing services.
Before a private well is constructed in Dane County, the property owner is required to obtain a Well Location Permit. This permit is issued by us to help ensure that private wells are located with the proper setbacks form potential sources of contamination.
For more details about this permit and the process for constructing a well in Dane County, please call (608) 242-6515.
A Well Construction Permit is also needed from the DNR. A licensed well professional usually handles this for the owner.
Abandoned or unused wells pose a threat to the safety and quality of ground water drinking water. They can provide a direct pathway for contamination into the aquifer. Financial assistance for well abandonment may be available from the WI Well Compensation grant program.