Source Water Wellhead Protection

Contact
NAME/EMAIL ADDRESSPROGRAMPHONE
Keenan HendonWater & Wastewater Program Manager307-777-7075
Water/Wastewater Construction Permitting  
Bradley Ellis, P.E.- District EngineerNortheast District (Map)307-473-3469
Dale Lee, P.E -Assistant District EngineerNortheast District (Map) 307-675-5640
James Brough, P.E. - District EngineerNorthwest District (Map)307-335-6961
Dennis Lewis, P.E. - District EngineerSoutheast District (Map)307-777-7088
Jason Fernandez, P.E. - Assistant District EngineerSouthheast District (Map)307-777-7388
Mark Baron, P.E. - District EngineerSouthwest District (Map)307-335-6962
Oil & Gas Produced Water Treatment  
Dennis Lamb, P.G. - PrincipalProduced Water Treatment & Disposal307-473-3452
Hannes Stueckler, P.E.Produced Water Treatment & Disposal307-335-6964
Operator Certification  
Kim ParkerOperator Certification, Source Water307-777-6128
Source Water Assessment & Protection  
Kim ParkerOperator Certification, Source Water307-777-6128
State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF)  
William Tillman, P.E. - PrincipalSRF Program, Capacity Development307-777-6941
Stanley MillerSRF Program, Capacity Development307-777-6371
Enforcement:  
Anthony RiversEnforcement307-777-6183
Electronic Documents Submittal

In response to the Governor's request to limit contact and the move toward staff working remotely for the near future, the WDEQ Water Quality Division (WQD) has made electronic document submittal available. This includes permit applications, response to comments, reports, and other communications. Forms have been set up for individual WQD Sections (Watershed, WYPDES, Groundwater, Water/Wastewater), and a form is also available for general WQD submittals. Please choose the appropriate form from the list of links below to upload your documents. If submitted electronically, no hardcopy is required to be submitted unless you are contacted by a WQD Section Manager with a request to submit the hard copy. Please note that the Water Quality Division is unable to accept comments on documents in public notice via these forms. Please refer to the public notice for instructions on how to submit comments.

Groundwater Section:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD
Watershed Section: https://bit.ly/2QAz379
Water and Wastewater Section:https://bit.ly/2UriqvM
WYPDES Section: https://bit.ly/3dbcKyy
General WQD:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD

NOTICE: Effective November 23, 2021, all permits to be submitted for water distribution systems and/or sewage collection systems that are within the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) district shall be submitted to the BOPU for approval.  BOPU contacts are Frank Strong or Bryce Dorr at (307) 637-6460, ENGreview@cheyennebopu.org, or www.cheyennebopu.org for additional information.

Guidance Documents

Groundwater Protection Fact Sheets:
     Contaminant Sources
     Introduction to Wellhead Protection
     Locating New Wells
     Plugging and Abandoning Wells
     Septic Systems
     Water Well Setback Distances
     Well Construction
     Well Maintenance

2004 Source Water Assessment Documents:
     Final Report
     Final Report, Appendices contain relevant metadata descriptions
     DEQ Source Water Assessment Planning DocumentExecutive Summary

Wellhead Protection Guidance Document

Helpful Links

EPA Source Water Protection

Know Your Well

Private Well Class  The Private Well Class is designed to help a homeowner better understand how to properly care for their water well, to ensure their water remains safe to drink. By understanding the basic science of water wells and following best practices to maintain and protect water supplies, this class will provide a homeowner the tools need to ensure a safe water supply and help extend the life of the well.

The Source Water and Wellhead Protection Program is a tool to protect water supplies from contamination.

Source Water Assessments
Wyoming provided 385 public water supplies with source water assessments in 2004. Each assessment provided the public water supply with the following information:

DEQ determined the area that contributes water to the well or surface water intake. DEQ calls this area the source water area.
Inventory.  DEQ conducted an inventory of potential sources of contamination within the source water area that may affect the water supply.

DEQ conducted an analysis of the located potential sources of contamination. This analysis identified the potential contaminant sources with the greatest likelihood of affecting the water supply.

DEQ produced a report summarizing all the information gained during the assessment. The reports contain maps of the source water area, lists of major potential sources of contamination, and summaries of the susceptibility analyses.  To obtain a copy of an assessment report conducted in 2004, please submit a public records request.


Source Water Protection Plans

The Wyoming Wellhead Protection Guidance Document describes the process of developing a wellhead protection plan in detail.  This same document can also guide a public water system or homeowner through the development of a surface water, wellfield, or aquifer protection plan using the same basic steps

Source Water Protection Benefits

  • Prevent Contamination. Knowing what sources of contamination may affect your water supply gives you a chance to prevent or minimize contamination. Finding and developing new sources of water is increasingly difficult and expensive, so the most effective thing to do is to protect your current water supply.

  • Better Planning.  Emergency response plans, new water supply development plans, and city and county planning efforts will need the best information possible to make good planning decisions.

  • Minimize Treatment and Monitoring Costs. Several Safe Drinking Water Act rules require additional treatment or monitoring when contaminants are present in the source water.  Public water supplies may avoid or minimize treatment or chemical cost increases, requirements to add new treatment facilities, or requirements to monitor more frequently or for more contaminants.
Electronic Documents Submittal

In response to the Governor's request to limit contact and the move toward staff working remotely for the near future, the WDEQ Water Quality Division (WQD) has made electronic document submittal available. This includes permit applications, response to comments, reports, and other communications. Forms have been set up for individual WQD Sections (Watershed, WYPDES, Groundwater, Water/Wastewater), and a form is also available for general WQD submittals. Please choose the appropriate form from the list of links below to upload your documents. If submitted electronically, no hardcopy is required to be submitted unless you are contacted by a WQD Section Manager with a request to submit the hard copy. Please note that the Water Quality Division is unable to accept comments on documents in public notice via these forms. Please refer to the public notice for instructions on how to submit comments.

Groundwater Section:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD
Watershed Section: https://bit.ly/2QAz379
Water and Wastewater Section:https://bit.ly/2UriqvM
WYPDES Section: https://bit.ly/3dbcKyy
General WQD:https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD