Water Well Standards

CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION

Comments and Public Hearings on Draft Edition

Where a publication is of general interest or its subject is one on which there can be a diversity of opinion, it is the policy of the Department of Water Resources to issue it in preliminary form and solicit comments from interested organizations and individuals and the general public. Since the standards for the construction of wells and the destruction of abandoned wells recommended herein are for application throughout the State, and because they are specified by many counties and cities (in ordinances or regulations), a draft edition was prepared and distributed for comment (April 14, 1981). In addition, four public hearings or meetings (of an informal nature) were held to obtain the views of persons interested in, or concerned with, the construction and use of water wells. These hearings were conducted in cooperation with the Department of Health Services represented by its Sanitary Engineering Section since this report contains provisions which pertain to the public health aspects of water well construction. The hearings were held during June 1981 at Berkeley, Fresno, Redding, and Los Angeles. In response to a number of requests, the comment period was extended to September 1981.

Fifty-five persons representing 33 individuals and organizations attended the four hearings. Five formal (written) statements were presented and 16 persons commented verbally. In addition, written comments were received from 33 other organizations and individuals. Those submitting written comments are listed in Table 5. Copies of the written comments are available for inspection in the Department's file in Sacramento.

TABLE 5
ORGANIZATION SUBMITTING WRITTEN COMMENTS
ON DRAFT OF BULLETIN 74-81


Organization Representative Date of
Comments

Alameda County Water District
Associated Drilling Contractors
Associated Drilling Contractors, Tri Counties Branch
Associated Drilling Contractors, Tri Counties Branch
Associated Drilling Contractors
Ballard & Foote Drilling
Buena Vista Water Storage District
C & N Pump and Well Company
California Regional Water Quality Control Board,
    Central Valley Region
California Regional Water Quality Control Board,
    Los Angeles Region
California Regional Water Quality Control Board,
    San Francisco Bay Region
California Regional Water Quality Control Board,
    Santa Ana Region
California Water Service Company
Clark Well & Equipment Company, Inc.
Coachella Valley Water District
DeLucchi Well & Pump, Inc.
Dougherty Pump & Drilling
Dow Chemical U.S.A.
Fresno County Department of Health
Robert Garcia Well & Pump Company
Harding-Lawson Associates
Richard A. Hendry, Attorney-at-Law
Michael F. Hoover
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Luhdorff & Scalmanini
Monterey Co. Flood Control and Water Conservation District
Department of the Navy
Placer County Health Department
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Services
Southern California Water Company
Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources
State Water Resources Control Board
Joseph B. Summers, Civil Engineer, Inc.
Joseph B. Summers, Civil Engineer, Inc.
Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District 1
Ventura County Environmental Health Department
Ventura County Public Works Agency
Water Well Surveys
Well Products West, Inc.
Well Products West, Inc.
Woodward-Clyde Consultants
E. L. Lenahan
D. D. Mickel
R. L. Strahan
R. L. Strahan
D. B. Trunnell
R. H. Foote Jr.
H. K. Russell
F. Clough
 
W. S. Johnson
 
R. M. Hertel
 
S.R. Ritchie
 
R. R. Nicklen
G. W. Adrian
R. L. Clark
L. O. Weeks
J. DeLucchi
C. L. Fasnacht
J. Jones
C. Auernheimer
R. E. Garcia
F. C. Kresse
R. A. Hendry
M. F. Hoover
N. F. Hauret
E. E. Luhdroff Jr.
R. R. Smith
W. N. Sorbo
M. A. Winston
J. L. Richardson
L. R. Talley
D. F. Kostas
J. Aud
C. Whitney
J. B. Summers
R. L. Reynolds
B. L. Graham
D. W. Koepp
G. J. Nowalk
W. C. Wigley
C. Willis
C. Willis
J. A. Gilman
5/19/81
8/7/81
6/9/81
9/14/81
5/20/81
7/28/81
6/10/81
5/1/81
 
8/27/81
 
9/10/81
 
5/20/81
 
6/8/81
8/5/81
9/3/81
6/8/81
6/25/81
6/13/81
6/11/81
6/4/81
8/28/81
8/28/81
6/19/81
5/20/81
6/10/81
6/10/81
6/9/81
6/17/81
8/28/81
7/9/81
5/28/81
8/20/81
6/25/81
6/16/81
6/5/81
8/28/81
6/5/81
6/8/81
8/14/81
6/16/81
6/12/81
8/4/81
6/24/81

All comments were carefully reviewed and considered. As might be expected, opinions differed on the applicability of certain standards, guidelines, and procedures. There is, of course, some validity in each point-of-view, which forms the basis for reconsideration. Many comments were incorporated in this final draft. Others were not used for various reasons. Most of the comments dealt mainly with (1) the standards in Chapter II (following) more specifically Sections 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 21 and 23; (2) the Design and Performance Guidelines section of this chapter; and (3) Appendixes B, C and D, which deal with methods and procedures.


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