Talbot County Department of Health
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Wells & Water

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Individual Drinking Water Supply

Applications to drill a water well in Talbot County must be submitted to our office by a Master Well Driller. An application for a Permit to Drill a well must be accompanied by the required fee, as well as Talbot County Well Permit Accessory Form. 

Once the permit has been issued, the well driller is responsible for contacting our office prior to well construction to schedule a well construction inspection and/or a well grout inspection. Once well construction is completed, the well driller must submit a Well Completion Report to this office.

All new drinking water supply wells and/or replacement wells must receive a Certificate of Potability​ in order to receive final Health Department approval. The property owner is responsible for soliciting the services of a State Certified Water Testing Laboratory to have a sample of the new well water analyzed for the following parameters: coliform bacteria, nitrates, arsenic and turbidity. The well must be free of bacteria as determined from the submission of two consecutive satisfactory analysis for coliform bacteria collected a minimum of 24 hours apart. The results of all sampling must be submitted to this office to determine regulatory compliance.

Geothermal Wells

Permit applications are submitted by a master well driller, accompanied by the required fee. 

Prior to drilling the wells, a well construction/well grout inspection must be requested by the well driller. The well driller must submit a Well Completion Report to this office once the geothermal wells have been drilled. No sampling of these wells is required.

Well Appeals Process

The Administrative Procedure Act (Title 10, Subtitle 2 of the State Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland) sets forth the procedures for appealing a final decision issued by the Maryland Department of Environment or an Approving Authority (including local health departments) regarding the grant, denial, renewal suspension or amendment of a license, certificate, charter, permit or registration that is required by statute.

Appeal Process for Well, On-Site Sewage Disposal, Subdivision, and Shared Facility Designs

Contact & Hours

Talbot County Health Department
Office of Environmental Health

215 Bay Street, Suite 4
Easton, MD 21601

Phone: (410) 770-6880
Fax: (410) 770-6888

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

After hours, on-call service is provided for emergency situations including, but not limited to the following: pet or human exposure to wildlife, bite or scratch from pets to humans, reports of illegal open burning, and complaints of unlawful discharge of sewage to the ground surface or waters of the State. Staff may be reached after hours by calling the Talbot County Operations Center at (410) 822-0095. The Dispatcher will then contact the staff member on call.