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Private Water Systems

Private waters systems are regulated by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and administered by both ODH and the Local Health Districts under Sections 3701.344 to 3701.347 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-28 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

What are private water systems?

Private water systems are

  • Wells

  • Springs

  • Ponds

  • Cisterns

  • Hauled water storage tank that provide potable water for human consumption and supplies water to

  • Fewer than fifteen (15) service connections; and 

  • Do not regularly serve an average of at least twenty-five (25) individuals daily at least sixty (60) days of each year.

       **These include

  • 1, 2, and 3 family dwellings;

  • Multiple dwellings on the same or adjacent properties;

  • Buildings including barns, small businesses, churches, etc.; and

  • Small manufactured home parks and campgrounds.


A private water system includes any auxiliary water supply for a structure to supplement toilet flushing or laundry.


For information about Private Water Systems, please contact:

Gary Radabaugh, REHS

740-286-5094 ext. 2829

David Ramby, REHS

Director of E.H.

740-286-5094 ext. 2836

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