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Private Water Program

Private Water Systems (PWS) are installed in Erie County for private residences where public water is not available to the homeowner. Typically, the source of water for a PWS in our health district is a drilled well or hauled water storage tank. Our primary focus in this program is to ensure that a safe or potable source of water is provided to the home. Our sanitarians perform site evaluations to make sure the PWS is the appropriate type and is placed in a location free from potential sources of surface water infiltration. Once the system is drilled or installed the sanitarian performs a physical inspection for design criteria and a water sample is collected for bacterial analysis.

When do I need to fill out an application for a Private Water System?

1) When installing a new private water system to a dwelling, dwelling unit, or accessory structure which will be used for potable water.
2) When replacing a private water system because of a failure, or because a different type of private water system is preferred.
3) When altering a private water system. This includes bringing a well up to grade, extension of the well casing, expanding the size of the system, replacing a pitless adapter, or adding continuous disinfection to an existing private water system (as defined by OAC 3701-28-01A).


Private Water System Application

Water Links:

Well Regulations
Instructions to Disinfect a Cistern, Hauled Water Storage Tank, or Well
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Water Well Log Reports and On-line Search Tools
Licensed Erie County Water Haulers
List of Registered Private Water Contractors located in Ohio
List of Registered Private Water Contractors located outside of Ohio
Water Quality and Treatment Facts

Completion Forms:

Cistern/Hauled Water Storage Tank Completion Form
Well-Pump Distribution Completion Form
Continuous Disinfection and Filtration System Form


Private Water Testing:

The Erie County Health Department does perform water testing for private water systems. This test only includes sampling for E. coli and coliform. The fee for this test is $80.00 per sample. Please contact the respective Registered Sanitarian below for more information.

Vermilion City, Vermilion Twp, Florence Twp, Berlin Twp, Huron Twp, and Milan Twp. -
Call Daryl Apple R.S. at 419-626-5623 ext. 124, or email at dapple@ecghd.org.

Perkins Twp, Oxford Twp, Margaretta Twp, Groton Twp, Bay View, and Castalia -
Call Mark Janowich at 419-626-5623 ext. 108, or email at mjanowich@ecghd.org.

Kelleys Island -
Call Craig Ward at 419-626-5623 ext. 118, or email at cward@ecghd.org.