Wet Season Perc Testing Applications Being Accepted at Health Department

If you need to have a perc test on your land, the Anne Arundel County Health Department has announced that applications are being accepted in preparation for the season start, which has been delayed due to low groundwater levels. Typically, the wet season in the county is February, March and April.

Testing will be conducted on a first-come first-served basis once the season begins.

Groundwater monitoring, Coronado National Memorial
A groundwater monitoring well tells officials when the testing period begins.

Perc testing gives an accurate assessment of a septic system’s ability to work in all four seasons. The information provided by a health department site evaluation and perc test is used to determine the size and type of septic system that can be installed on a specific lot. In some cases, because of adverse soil or groundwater conditions, a property may only be developed when public sewer is available.

Properties that are located in areas of the county with typically high water table conditions require wet season testing. Information on perc testing and the application is available online at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, or call the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-222-7193. To pick up an application, go to 2664 Riva Road in Annapolis.

Currently, monitoring wells in the county indicate groundwater levels are below average wet season range. These wells are part of a monitoring network used by the Maryland Department of the Environment to asses groundwater levels, the Health Department said.

Health Department officials will announce the start of the perc test period when the networked wells have groundwater levels acceptable for wet season testing.

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