Private Water Systems
Sanitarians at DCGHD work to minimize the threat of surface water and ground water contamination in order to prevent disease transmission and to protect the quality of surface and ground water. This includes ensuring Private Water Systems are safe in our community. Private water Systems are permitted and inspected by DCGHD Sanitarians.
What is a Private Water System?
A Private Water System means any water system, other than a Public Water System regulated by the Ohio EPA, used for the provision of water for human consumption. “Human consumption” means the ingestion or absorption of water or water vapor as the result of drinking, cooking, dish washing, hand washing, bathing, showering, oral hygiene, or other domestic uses such as flushing toilets and doing laundry. A Private Water System may include, a well, a spring, a cistern, a pond, or a hauled water tank. Explore the images below to learn more about these systems, and to obtain permits for these systems.
DCGHD is responsible for permitting these types of systems. Before a new system is granted approval, an onsite inspection of the PWS is conducted, and an acceptable water sample is obtained.