If you need to drill a water well or need water pump service for your well in Ojai, it is nice to know a little bit about your city.

Sometimes known by its self-given moniker of “Shangri-La”, the city of Ojai is located in the Ojai Valley northwest of Los Angeles. It was incorporated in 1921 and currently about 7,500 people occupy its 4.35 square miles. Although it was originally called Nordoff, it was renamed Ojai in 1917. Depending who you ask, this name was taken from a Native American word for either “nest” or “moon”.

Whatever its name origin, the city is a tourist destination filled with boutique hotels and shops, spiritual retreat offerings, art and design studios and galleries, and many recreational opportunities. You won’t find any chain stores, however, as these are prohibited by city ordinance.

For more information on Ojai, visit the city website at: http://ojaicity.org/

Drilling Water Wells in Ojai, California

Ojai, California is in Ventura County. In December of 2014, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors adopted, and subsequently extended, an ordinance which prohibits the drilling of new water wells in specified areas of certain groundwater basins. This ordinance will remain in effect until Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have submitted groundwater sustainability plans to specified agencies. However, a waiver may be granted if certain circumstances warrant it.

Water Well Drilling and Pump Maintenance Service in Ojai

To receive a drilling permit for a well in an area under the moratorium, you should first consult the county bulletins and notices as to how to proceed.

Permit applications for new wells within the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency boundaries must receive approval and be accompanied by a no-fee permit from the FCGMA. This may also apply to the Santa Paula Basin Pumper’s Association, the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency, and various cities within the county.

The well driller and inspector must both be registered with the county. This information is submitted as part of the application process.

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Water Well Inspection Service in Ojai

Because a water well is a private water supply, testing the quality of the water is the responsibility of the property owner. Contaminants from the soil can affect the taste and appearance of the water, as well as its fitness for drinking. Occasionally bacteria can find their way into a well and cause the water to be unsuitable for consumption. It is important to have the water tested at least once a year, after a flood, or when there is a change in the taste or appearance of the water. While this may be done using a do-it-yourself test kit, it is important to contact a qualified professional should the results show any contamination.

Important City and County Information about Water Well for Ojai, CA

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