Water Well and Pump Service Information for Santa Barbara 93101
The city of Santa Barbara is situated on a rare south facing section of California coastline between the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The city has a population of over 90,000 within its 19.5 square miles, although when combined with the contiguous urban area around it the population rises to around 220,000.
The first European settlers arriving in the 1500’s found around 8,000 to 10,000 Chumash Indians living in as many as five villages, with evidence pointing to habitation as long as 13,000 years ago. Following settlement by Spanish explorers, the Santa Barbara Mission was built in the 1780’s and was the center of life in the area. In 1812 it was destroyed by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1. The resulting tsunami carried a ship half a mile up Refugio Canyon and destroyed much of what the earthquake had not. The mission was soon rebuilt and is the best preserved of the California missions today.
Other attractions in and near the city include Stearns Wharf, Zoo, the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, and the Presidio of Santa Barbara. The city is also home to the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, and Antioch University.
Drilling Water Wells in Santa Barbara
The city is in Santa Barbara County. The County’s Department of Environmental Health Services is the department tasked with the approval of water well drilling. Information about the permit application as well as a list of licensed well drillers and other water well information can be found at http://www.countyofsb.org/phd/ehs/drinking-water.sbc
Water Well Drilling and Pump Maintenance Service
After a well has been approved, drilled, and is in use, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Planning and Development. Periodic reports, including water quality tests and meter records, must be filed with the department. Information specific to water wells is found on pages 106-107 of the Planner’s Guide to Conditions of Approval and Mitigation Measures which can be found on the County’s Planning and Development website.
Powell and Murphy Drilling is a licensed water well driller and meets the criteria to drill water wells in Santa Barbara County. In addition to drilling, we provide pump installation, service, and replacement.
Water Well Inspection Services
Because a water well is a private water supply, testing the quality of the water is the responsibility of the property owner. Contaminants from the soil can affect the taste and appearance of the water, as well as its fitness for drinking. Occasionally bacteria can find their way into a well and cause the water to be unsuitable for consumption. It is important to have the water tested at least once a year, after a flood, or when there is a change in the taste or appearance of the water. While this may be done using a do-it-yourself test kit, it is important to contact a qualified professional should the results show any contamination.
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