Private wells; Stafford County authorized to regulate. (HB1460)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regulation of private wells. Adds Stafford County to the list of counties and cities authorized to establish standards for the construction and abandonment of private wells that are more stringent than those standards adopted by the Board of Health. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/05/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100713D
12/05/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/04/2017Impact statement from DHCD (HB1460)
01/12/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/07/2017Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1247.


John Datumu writes:

Local ordinances with well and septic are used to slow growth. Does the need for more stringent standards assume the state regulations are inadequate?

increasing local authority on well head construction will increase costs to consumers.

establishing more stringent abandonment standards will increase costs to consumers.

The engineer on record is responsible for determining well construction design. This includes water on demand and system sizing for the desired use.