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Well-Sampling-Surveys

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  • 850-245-4250
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    850-487-0864
  • Mailing Address

    Bureau of Environmental Health, Water Pograms

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-08

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1710

Well Sampling and Surveys

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files. 

The Well Surveillance group manages several programs to identify and monitor areas in Florida where contaminated drinking water is suspected, which may pose a threat to public health. The Well Surveillance Section is composed of the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Act (SUPER Act), Drinking Water Toxics Program (Toxics), Drycleaner Solvent Cleanup Program (DSCP). The section coordinates with the County Health Departments (CHDs) to locate potable wells and conduct water sampling for contaminants of concern. Chemical analysis of water samples is conducted at the Department's laboratory in Jacksonville.

Well Surveys / Sampling

The two main activities of the Well Surveillance Program are well surveys and sampling. The two essential activities performed when completing a well survey are locating facilities (i.e. service stations) and then sampling nearby drinking water wells for the appropriate chemical. Each CHD provides accurate (opens in a new window) Global Positioning System (GPS) locations for each facility and drinking water wells located within a 1/4 mile radius, and all large public water system supply wells (more than 150,000 gallons per day) within a 1/2 mile radius.

What Happens if My Well is Contaminated?

If your well is contaminated with levels of chemicals that exceed state or federal drinking water safety guidelines, you may be eligible for assistance through the (opens in a new window) DEP's Water Supply Restoration Program. If eligible, DEP will provide you with either a connection to a central water system or an appropriate filter system at no cost to the homeowner.

Well Surveillance Technical Guide
Technical Guide (8.5 MB pdf, opens in new window).
This is the guide we use to perform our program activities. Mapping and Data

Downloads

Make your own map EH Water - Program (opens in new window)

Data Available for Download

The Well Surveillance Program maintains an extensive database. Two tables, Wells and Facilities, are used to generate our well surveys. These tables are available for download in either a dbase IV (.dbf) or ASCII text (.txt) format. This table consists of data relating to all privately and publicly owned potable wells investigated as part of the Well Surveillance program. The table contains addresses and geographic coordinates of the wells. For information regarding the test results of specific wells included in this table, please contact us at the link below.

The Well Surveillance group manages several programs to identify and monitor areas in Florida where contaminated drinking water is suspected and may pose a threat to public health. The Well Surveillance Section is composed of the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Act (SUPER Act), Drinking Water Toxics Program (Toxics), Drycleaner Solvent Cleanup Program (DSCP). The section coordinates with the County Health Departments (CHDs) to locate potable wells and conduct water sampling for contaminants of concern. Chemical analysis of water samples is conducted at the Department's laboratory in Jacksonville.

Well Surveys / Sampling

The two main activities of the Well Surveillance Program is well surveys and sampling. The two essential activities performed when completing a well survey are locating facilities (i.e. service stations) and then sampling nearby drinking water wells for the appropriate chemical. Each CHD provides accurate (opens in a new window) Global Positioning System (GPS) locations for each facility and drinking water wells located within a 1/4 mile radius, and all large public water system supply wells (more than 150,000 gallons per day) within a 1/2 mile radius.

Wells table

Wells (MDB - Zipped MDB - 6Mb) (opens in new window)

Wells (Text - Zipped- 6.2MB) (opens in new window)

fields and field definitions for the Wells table (pdf,<1mb) (opens in new window)
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Facility table

Facility (Zipped MDB - 6Mb) (opens in new window)

Facility (text - Zipped- 6.2MB) (opens in new window)

Fields and field definitions for the Facilities table (pdf, <1mb) (opens in new window)

Instructions to extract the .zip file:
1. Click "Download Zip file"
2. Click "Open this file from its current location"
3. Click "Ok"
4. Click the "extract" button
5. Choose a file folder to extract to
6. Click "extract"
7. The file has now been downloaded to the folder you selected

Please note that older versions of MS Excel can open dbase files, but may not display all of the records. If you are not sure about your version of Excel, you may want to use a dedicated reader or download the text version. Website update frequency - The data tables will be updated on the first weekday of each month by program staff.