Purpose and Function
The Water Quality Regional Operations Section's Groundwater Protection Programs are responsible for protecting and preserving the high quality of North Carolina's groundwater resources. This is accomplished by implementing pollution prevention strategies, compliance assessments, and abatement programs, all of which contribute to the protection of human health and the environment in which we live. In addition to implementing well construction regulations for injection wells and other types of wells, the Groundwater Protection Programs provide hydrogeological support to other Division of Water Resources programs regulating activities that may affect groundwater resources.
News and Noteworthy Information
- NEW: Lists of Approved Well Disinfection and Rehabilitation Chemicals and Specialty Grouts - View this file to see which substances have met regulatory requirements for use in addition to those substances specified in the 15A NCAC 02C .0100 well construction standards. Want to use a product not on the list? Refer to the Approval Procedure for Specialty Grout, Well Disinfection Methods and Materials, and Well Rehabilitation Methods and Materials for guidance on having a product evaluated for use.
- List of Approved Injectants - View this file to see which substances have met regulatory requirements for use with injection wells. This list is updated as new injectants are approved for use. Submit the appropriate risk assessment form (microbial or non-microbial) with a permit application or notification form and the product will be evaluated for use.
- Effective January 4, 2014, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act will implement changes to Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regarding the sale and use of lead pipes, plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder, and flux. Details about the new "lead-free law" are available online at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/ and
- May 15, 2013 - Permit applications and permitted facilities can now be tracked using DENR's interactive online maps. These tools are available on the Permit Process webpage under the Application & Permit Tracking heading.
- On April 19, 2012, the Rules Review Commission approved the injection well rules adopted by the Environmental Management Commission on March 8, 2012. The new rules became effective on May 1, 2012. Major changes are summarized in memoranda addressing geothermal systems, groundwater remediation, andstormwater infiltration.
- BMP Guide for Managing Water Produced During Well Drilling