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Filter Packs in Individual Residential and Irrigation Wells

If wells use filter packs, state law sets forth particular requirements. Those with responsibilities for the well must meet these requirements, which vary depending on whether the well is drilled or bored. Please see below for particulars, and contact the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control if you have any questions.

For a bored well, if a filter pack is used it must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be made of uniformly sized, quartz sand or gravel that is free of clay, silt or other deleterious material;
  2. Be installed using a DHEC-approved method into the annular space; and,
  3. Be disinfected prior to or during installation.

For a standard drilled well, if a filter pack is used it must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be made of uniformly sized quartz sand or gravel that is free of clay, silt or other material that would have a harmful effect;
  2. It must be installed so that it ensures placement in the annular space around the screens;
  3. It must be disinfected prior to or during installation;
  4. It cannot connect aquifers or zones with documented differences in water quality that would result in contamination of any aquifer or zone so that any State Primary Drinking Water Standard or differences in static water levels that would result in depletion of the water from any aquifer or zone, or significant loss of head in any aquifer or zone.

S.C. Code Regs. 61-71(F) and (G), available here.

Last Updated October 29, 2010

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