Planning and Development Services
As of May 1, 2016, review of water availability for development has shifted from Public Health to Planning and Development Services. Per RCW 19.27.097, each application for a building permit for a building necessitating potable water must provide evidence of an adequate water supply for the use of the building.
FormsWater forms are being updated as time allows. The following forms are our most current versions:
- Water Review Application (NEW December 14, 2017—replaces several old Health Department forms)
- Wellsite Inspection
- Drinking Water System Contact Information Update
- SENTRY Water System Database (State Department of Health)
- Water Resources Explorer Tool (State Department of Ecology)
- Landowner’s Guide to Water Rights (State Department of Ecology, 2009)
- Domestic Water Availability Map (State Department of Ecology)
Well WaterThe State of Washington has prohibited new wells in most of the Skagit Basin through the Skagit Instream Flow Rule. Skagit County is working with the Department of Ecology to find solutions for water availability problems throughout the County.
Skagit Instream Flow Rule
- Skagit river basin projects
- Developing solutions
- FAQ: Water availability for Skagit basin landowners
- Department of Ecology Map of Bayview Water Availability Area (NEW January 19, 2017)
- WAC 173-503
Stillaguamish Instream Flow Rule
Development in potential seawater intrusion areas must comply with special rules unless proposing to use a public water system. Seawater intrusion areas are defined as:
- areas within one-half mile of a marine shoreline;
- the entirety of Guemes, Sinclair, Cypress, and Vendovi islands
For more information:
- Skagit County Seawater Intrusion Code (SCC 14.24.380)
- Guemes Island Water Systems (July 2010)
- Guemes Island Chloride Levels (May 2010)
- USGS: Hydrogeology and quality of ground water on Guemes Island (1995)
Skagit County allows rainwater catchment under certain circumstances. For technical information on appropriate construction methods for rainwater catchment, see:
- 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code, Chapter 16 for Nonpotable Rainwater Catchment Systems
- 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code, Appendix K for Potable Rainwater Catchment Systems (adopted as the 2012 Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Appendix B)
Adequate water supply: a water supply which is capable of supplying at least 350 gallons of water per day, meets siting criteria established by State and local regulations, and meets water quality standards in SCC 12.48.110.
- Alternative Water Source: a water source other than a drilled well drilled by a licensed well driller.
- Group A Water System: a water system that serves 15 or more connections or 25 or more people for at least 60 days per year. To construct a Group A system, the applicant must meet the requirements of WAC 246-290 and receive approval from the State Department of Health. WAC 246-290 covers both federal and state requirements, including system design criteria, source water protection, water quality, and, if necessary, water treatment.
- Group B Water System: a water system that meets the criteria for a public water system but does not meet the criteria to be a Group A system. To construct a Group B system, the applicant must meet the requirements of WAC 246-291 and Skagit County Code Chapter 12.48.
- Individual Water System: a water system for a single house.
- Public Water System: a water system with multiple houses on one drilled well source.
- Water rights: grants from the State of Washington establishing a legal beneficial use of the water. More info from the Department of Ecology.
- Water Well Report: a report that a licensed well driller creates to document the drilled well providing information on the water quantity and the geological layers drilled through to find the fresh water aquifer. Required to the Department of Ecology within 30 days of completing the well.
- Well Delegation: a Department of Ecology program that delegates to Counties to view the installation of drilled well seals and abandonments.