The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) invites residents who use a well for their drinking water supply to register their wells with the Health Department. The EPA estimates that Knox County has more than 10,000 wells but only 30 percent of them have been identified. Well-users can help this public safety project by responding to a short online survey here to self-identify. Survey results will only be used for emergency preparedness purposes.
Why is this important? In the past, Knox County has faced potential or actual well contamination incidents in areas of Knox County. To prepare for future events KCHD has developed a program to identify homes using a well water supply if needed. If an accident threatens the safety of the well water in a given area, KCHD will be able to alert residents quickly.
KCHD offers well water testing for bacteria (total coliform and fecal coliform). If you are interested in having your well water tested please call our office, 865-215-5200 to schedule.