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Wake County Environmental Services Remains Open for Business  Environmental Services staff is teleworking and performing permitting and inspections five days a week. Please respect staff and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to social distancing guidelines during inspections. The Wake County Office Building Permit Counter is only open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most permitting tasks can be conducted via our online permit portal.  Please check Wake County’s COVID-19 Information Page for the latest hours of operation.

Water Quality Division

The Water Quality Division seeks to ensure that all of the water resources in Wake County are healthy and sustainable and that surface waters are not contaminated. A comprehensive water quality approach is an integral part of ensuring the quality of life enjoyed and shared by all citizens of Wake County.


Erosion, Flood & Stormwater Recreational Waters Septic & Wastewater Groundwater Protection & Wells
Watershed Management  focuses on solving environmental problems at their source and improving watershed health overall.
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View data and regulations governing public recreational waters & beaches to protect swimmers from bacteria.
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Water Quality is responsible for all permitting activities that require a septic tank system for wastewater disposal.
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Learn about construction, repair & abandonment of wells, water sample analysis, consultation 
services and more.
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602

Business Hours:
8:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m.

Waverly F. Akins
Wake County Office Building

Michael Orbon, P. E.

Contact the Call Center at 919-856-7400, click for Program Contacts,
or select a topic above for more information. 

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