Safe drinking water and a sanitary way to dispose of wastewater are a critical part of building a home. Environmental Health oversees the installation of water wells and septic systems in Riverside County.
If your local planning or building & safety department directs you to Environmental Health, you can visit our Riverside or Indio Office to start the permitting process for your water well or septic system. A specialist is available at our counter Monday through Friday in our Downtown Riverside Office and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Indio office, 7:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.
To build a home in Riverside County, you need:
1. Drinking Water Access
Drinking water is provided by an individual domestic well or a water system. If you are seeking approval to construct a water well, visit our water well page for more information.
2. Wastewater Disposal
Wastewater must be disposed to the sewer or a septic system. If you are proposing the use of a septic system, visit our septic systems page for more information.