Drinking Water Safety
Enforce laws and regulations the protect health and ensure safety.
Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
About Private Water Systems
Private water systems, including wells, cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, and ponds used for drinking water, are regulated by the Ohio Private Water Systems Regulations (Ohio Administrative Code 3701-28). A permit must be issued by the health department prior to installing or altering a private water system. A private water system provides water to less than 25 people a day. This usually includes all homes and some small businesses. Systems that regularly serve an average of at least twenty-five individuals daily at least sixty days each year are regulated by the Ohio EPA.
Properly constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These simple steps will help protect your system and investment.
Always use licensed or certified water well drillers and pump installers when a well is constructed, a pump is installed or the system is serviced.
An annual well maintenance check, including a bacterial test, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides and motor oil far away from your well.
Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing (well) to ensure it is in good repair.
Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or chemical storage facilities.
Don't allow back-siphonage. When mixing pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals, don't put the hose inside the tank or container.
When landscaping, keep the top of your well at least one foot above the ground. Slope the ground away from your well for proper drainage.
Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well.
Be aware of changes in your well, the area around your well, or the water it provides.
Don't pile snow, leaves or other materials around your well.
When your well has come to the end of its serviceable life, have a qualified water well contractor properly abandon your old well to prevent groundwater contamination.
Environmental Health Programs
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Phone : (740) 349-6535 (24/7 Number to Report Public Health
Emergencies or Reportable Infectious Diseases)
Fax : (740) 349-6510
Office Location: 675 Price Rd., Newark OH 43055 Map
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8AM-5PM (plus some evening clinic hours)