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Water, Wastewater and Land Use


What We Do

bullet Inspect/permit small community and non-community water systems that serve water to the public

bullet Protect water sources from pollution by permitting and inspecting construction and destruction of wells

bullet Review/approve sewage disposal reports to protect underground water sources

bullet Inspect/permit liquid waste pumpers

bullet Evaluate/comment on Environmental Impact Reports

bullet Review, comment and condition on development projects in the unincorporated areas of the County

bullet Ensure environmental health considerations (such as water, waste disposal, noise, vectors and protection of natural resources) are included in development projects

bullet Provide environmental health input to various County committees, including the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors

Drought State of Emergency

With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 17, 2014 and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. DEHS is compiling a resource list for both water system operators and the public to help save water and respond appropriately. This resource list can be found on our Environmental Health Emergencies page.

Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs)

Attachments 1 - 5
Required language on contaminants that must be used in the 2007 CCR

CCR Guidance for Water Suppliers
Guidelines helpful to water systems in preparation of Consumer Confidence Reports

Cross Contamination and Backflow Prevention

The County of San Bernardino requires that domestic water systems within this jurisdiction are protected against contamination or pollution as a result of inadequate protection due to the lack of or malfunctioning of backflow prevention assemblies. In addition, State regulated water purveyors are also required to monitor backflow prevention devices to meet the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 requirements.

As of 1992, as a means of protecting the drinking water in San Bernardino County, the Division of Environmental Health Services has required that no person shall inspect, maintain, or test water back flow prevention assemblies without a current, valid Certificate of Competence. The certification required by § 33.06510 shall be valid for a period of three years from the date of qualification unless it has been revoked for cause in accordance with procedures established within this Article. Each person applying to qualify for certification or for renewal of his or her certification shall first pay all applicable fees to the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) for each activity in the amounts set forth in Chapter 2 of Division 6 of Title 1 of the San Bernardino County Code Schedule of Fees.

Currently, DEHS offers four testing dates per year; typically in March, June, September and December. All new registrants must successfully pass a written exam before sitting for the practical exam. All certificate holders who wish to renew must demonstrate competence at the practical exam. Candidates who are successful will receive a certificate and be maintained on our current testers list. DEHS also offers the option of being placed on our commercial testers list that is published on our website and solicited by water purveyors.

For more information on the backflow program or to find out about upcoming backflow certification test dates, please contact DEHS at 1-800-442-2283.

Commercial Backflow Testers

Land Use Documents

Plot Plan Requirements

Project Acoustical Information
Guidelines to determine if an acoustical analysis is necessary for a project

Helpful Links

California Well Standards

Water, Wastewater and Land Use FAQs
Informs consumers about ground water and water wells

Waste Water

CA Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Overview

Cuidando su Sistema Séptico

¿Dònde está mi Sistema Séptico?

EPA Homeowner's Guide
Excerpts from EPA Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems

FAQs for Single Family Residence Septic Systems

FAQs for Multi-Family Residential and Commercial Septic Systems

Homeowner's Guide to Septic System Maintenance
Good general information on how to properly care for a private septic system

How to Calculate for Design Rates, Absorption Area and Total Feet
For Engineers and other Percolation Testing/Septic System Designers

Liquid Waste Pumper Requirements for the Disposal of Sanitary Waste

Minimum Setback and Location of Septic System

On-Site Waste Water Disposal System

Private Sewage Disposal System Certification
Septic certification form

Septic Systems Focus of Proposed New Statewide Policy Fact Sheet

Sewage Disposal in an Emergency

Sizing Your Septic System
How to size your leachlines, infiltrators or pits

Special Event Portable Toilet Recommendations
Chart to calculate the number of portable toilets necessary for an event

Taking Care of Your Septic System.

Where is My Septic System?

Water Systems

Approved Water Testing Labs

High Nitrates in Water Systems

Water Wells

A Guide for Private Domestic Well Owners

How to Properly Abate Abandoned Water Wells

How to Store Water

List of Best Available Technologies (BAT)

Minimum Setbacks list
Minimum Requirements for Location of Liquid Waste Disposal Systems

Minimum Setbacks for Subdivisions

Pump Test Requirements

Registered Water Well Contractors

Safe Handling of Drinking Water, Ice and Dispensers at Golf Courses

Substantiated Water Well Documents

Typical Individual Well
Requirements and diagrams of surface slab detail and pump installation detail for a typical well

Water on Tap – What You Need to Know

Water Trivia/Helpful Hints to Conserve Water

Water Well Sharing Guidelines

Well Certification Procedures

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Customer Service Survey
Website Satisfaction Survey

Records Request Form

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