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Section 3: Water Programs
Part 8: Underground Injection Control Permits

 


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The Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program protects underground sources of drinking water (USDWs) from contamination by the subsurface emplacement of fluids through injection wells. The UIC Program prohibits injection of fluid containing any contaminant if the presence of that contaminant may cause a violation of any primary drinking water regulation or which may adversely affect the health of persons. An USDW is an aquifer, or a portion thereof, which:

  • supplies any public water system, or which contains a sufficient quantity of ground water to supply a public water system, and,
    • currently supplies drinking water for human consumption, or,
    • contains fewer than 10,000 mg/l total dissolved solids (TDS), and,
  • is not an exempted aquifer as designated by the procedures in 40 CFR 144.7.

Wells regulated under the UIC Program are defined as bored, drilled, or driven shafts or dug holes whose depths are greater than their largest surface dimension; or, anthropogenically modified sinkholes or other naturally occurring openings into the subsurface; or, subsurface fluid distribution systems.

Class II injection wells are used to inject fluids associated with natural gas storage operations, conventional oil and natural gas production, for enhanced recovery of oil or natural gas, and for storage of hydrocarbons that are liquid at standard temperature and pressure. Class II injection wells are regulated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. Class I, III, IV, and V injection wells are regulated by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality. Class VI injection wells, for the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, are currently regulated by EPA.

All injection wells must be authorized either by rule or by permit. Most injection wells are authorized by rule as long as inventory information is provided according to the rules. The UIC Program sets minimum construction, operating, monitoring, reporting, financial responsibility, closure, and record keeping requirements for all injection operations authorized by permit.


1Does your facility utilize or propose to utilize Class II injection wells?


See UIC Well Classes for description of the following well classes.

2Does your facility utilize or propose to utilize Class I, III, IV, or V injection wells?


You have completed Section 3: Water Permits, of the DEQ Permit Wizard process. If you feel that you have not received an answer to all of your water related questions, or if you still have concerns or additional questions, contact the Utah Division of Water Quality by calling (801) 536-4300 or by visiting the Division of Water Quality's Website or the Division of Drinking Water by calling (801) 536-4250 or by visiting the Division of Drinking Water's Website.


For related information on water quality or drinking water, visit our Related Topics page.