Understanding Water Wells in Stoughton MA

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Are you thinking of installing a water well in Stoughton, MA. This article is geared towards understanding Stoughton MA Board of Health Regulations. Understanding your town regulations can be instrumental in compiling total project costs when it comes to drilling a water well in Stoughton, MA.

 1. Permit Info:  Well construction permit fee: $35.00

 2. Well Location: A plot plan shall be submitted with the application for a well permit to the Board of Health.  Each well shall be located

       at a minimum of 100’ from a subsurface sewage disposal area (including reserve areas).

       50’ from a septic tank;

       10’ from a building sewer constructed of durable corrosion resistant material with watertight joints or;

       50’ from a building sewer constructed of any other type of pipe;

       25’ from a property line;

       25’ from a street layout;

       50’ from other wells;

       25’ from subsurface drains;

       100’ from underground oil tanks and gasoline tanks, underground oil distribution lines and;

       25’ from the normal high water mark of any lake, pond, river, stream, ditch or slough;

       10’ from a dwelling or building;

       10’ from a permanently located swimming pool;

       50’ from any sewer main;

 3. Water Quality testing: Extensive water analysis is required.  This test includes total coliform, e.coli bacteria, arsenic, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, alkilinity, ammonia, color, conductivity, chlorine, chloride, flouride, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, odor and sediment, ph, sulfate, turbidity in addition it also tests for the volatile organic scan : p-dichlorobenzene, 0 -dichlorobenzene, styrene, benzene, trichloroethylene, trans-1, 2 Dichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, Carbon tetracholoride, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, cis -1, 2 Dichloroethylene, toluene, 1,1- Dichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, 1,2- Dichloropropane, xylenes, 1,2- dichloroethane, monochlorobenzene, ethylbenzene+ Radon in the water  (every  10 years)

 4. Water Quantity testing: A four hour flow test will be sufficient. In all cases, wells used as a potable water supply must yield a minimum of 2.5 gallons per minute.

 5.Real Estate Transfer Requirements: As of now, Stoughton, MA does not have any real estate transfer requirements posted. However we strongly suggest getting the water quality and quantity tested to show you are getting a clean, safe, and usable well.

 Wells on average in the Town of Stoughton MA range from 300-400 in depth however it’s not uncommon for wells to run shallower or deeper hence why it’s called the average. The casing depth averages at 40 feet however deeper pockets of rock are possible.

 If you have further questions contact the Stoughton Board Of Health at 781-341-1300 x9261


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