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Water: Class V Wells

Class V Regulations

In 1999, EPA added new requirements for large-capacity cesspools and motor vehicle waste disposal wells. The Class V Rule prohibited new large-capacity cesspools and new motor vehicle waste disposal wells nationwide as of April 2000. The rule also phased out existing cesspools nationwide by April 2005. Operators of existing motor vehicle wells in regulated areas must either close their wells or obtain a permit.

Details on the rule’s requirements for large-capacity cesspools and motor vhicle waste disposal wells are available. Below are links to materials related to the rulemaking.

Background Documents on the Final Rule

Rulemaking Reference Documents

Training Materials for Regulators

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Guidance Documents

Guidance documents related to the rule for Class V well operators and regulatory agencies are available on the Guidance page.

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