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Private Water Systems Overview

The Water Quality Section is responsible for administering Chapter 3701-28 of the Ohio Administrative Code (private water system rules). This program reviews and approves permits for the construction, alteration and abandonment of private water systems. A private water system is defined as a water supply system for the provision of water for human consumption, other than a public water supply system. This includes all water wells, cisterns, springs, ponds and hauled water storage tanks.

What We Do

  • Issue permits for new private water systems
  • Issue permits for alteration of private water systems
  • Issue permits for abandonment of private water systems
  • Provide field consultation regarding existing wells
  • Inspect and sample new/altered wells to verify compliance
  • Provide water sampling for water quality parameters
  • Private water system inspections and water sampling for real estate transfers
  • Review private water system variance requests to present to the Board

Inspectors and Areas Served

Below is a list of the inspectors and the areas that they serve:

Adrian Allen
(614) 525-5092

Grove City

Valleyview
Urbancrest

Clinton
Truro
Hamilton
Mifflin
Franklin
Jackson

Kevin Craig
(614) 525-3734

Gahanna
New Albany
Westerville
Bexley
Whitehall
Pickerington
Reynoldsburg
Groveport
Canal Winchester

Minerva Park
Obetz
Brice
Lockbourne

Blendon
Jefferson
Plain
Sharon
Madison

James May
(614) 525-4928

Hilliard
Dublin
Grandview Heights
Upper Arlington

Riverlea
Marble Cliff
Harrisburg

Brown
Norwich
Washington
Perry
Prairie
Pleasant

Supervisor: Nathan Ralph, (614) 525-3909

Administrative Assistant: Jessica Arnold, (614) 525-3559 - For questions about fees & permits

Forms

Private Water System Permit & Forms - Ohio Department of Health
Water Sample Request Form
(to be used for properties in Franklin County with a private water system)
Water Sample Request for Real Estate Transaction (only to be used for properties in Franklin County with private water system undergoing a real estate transaction.

Law

Ohio Private Water Systems – Ohio Administrative Code 3701-28

Additional Information

ODNR for well logs, completion forms, sealing reports & water tables

Homeowner Instructions on Disinfecting a Well

Free Webinars provide Well Education to Homeowners (sponsored by the National Groundwater Association)

Treatment Technologies for Removing Nitrates in Drinking Water

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health risks of nitrate in my water?
You can get sick from nitrates in your water. There are many factors that come into play. Learn more by reading about treatment technologies for removing nitrates in drinking water.