Private Water Systems

Columbus Public Health regulates the installation, alteration, and sealing of Private Water Systems in the the City of Columbus and Worthington.  Private Water Systems are wells, springs, ponds, cisterns, and hauled water storage tanks 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.  This can 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.

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3701-28

Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program

Application for a a Private Water System (New, Alteration, Replacement, Sealing, Conversion)

Homeowner Water Well Disinfection

Contractor Water Well Disinfection

Water Sample Request Form / STS Evaluation

Private Water System Contractors

If you are a small business that supplies water to more than 25 people, more than 60 days out of the year, please contact the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) District Office Drinking and Ground Waters prior to obtaining a permit from Columbus Public Health.  The OEPA will determine if you meet the requirements as a public water system.