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The Charles County Department of Health will reopen wet season perc testing in all areas of the County due to the recent high levels of rainfall.  The Department’s Environmental Health Division staff conduct perc tests which are needed for the approval and construction of residential and commercial septic systems. The Code of Maryland Regulations requires that perc testing occur during the wet season to protect groundwater quality.
Previously submitted perc test applications are being scheduled first in the order they were received. Applications for new perc test requests should be submitted and can be obtained at the Department of Health or downloaded from the Department’s website at
Perc testing will be scheduled through June 15, 2018 using a 4 feet buffer for all deep perc tests and a 3 feet buffer for sandmound testing.  The buffer could be updated if conditions change.  After this date, groundwater conditions will be evaluated to see if further perc testing can be scheduled. 
For more information, please contact the Charles County Department of Health’s Environmental Health Division at 301-609-6751.