Private Water Systems

Program Services:

The Logan County Health District examines and permits PRIVATE water systems in Logan County.

A private water system is a system that serves less than 25 people per day, or serves 25 or more people less than 60 days per year, or have less than 15 service connections.

Examples:

  • A church with its own water well may serve 500 people, but maybe only 52 times per year. This is a private water system. 
  • A campground with a water well system that serves about 100 people during peak times, but only 20 days of the year.  This is a private water system unless there are 15 or more campsite water connections (service connections).
  • A restaurant, that does not serve water to its patrons, does not provide water for human consumption, such as water for hand washing, which is commonly supplied in public restrooms, serves its food on plates that will be washed, or uses water to prepare food items like ice cubes from a ice machine or coffee.  The washing of food preparation utensils alone does not qualify a system as a public water system. 

Homeowners can download their well logs from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.


PRIVATE WATER SYSTEMS HOMEOWNER APPLICATION INFORMATION

Private Water System Application Form (Fillable PDF)

IMPORTANT:  Read carefully before completing the application form.

PERMITS:     

  • $264.00    Single Family                 
  • $294.00  Other (non single family)
  • $50.00    Alteration Permit               
  • $60.00  Other Alteration Permit (non single family)

 APPLICATION   –  SELECT WELL SITE ON PROPERTY AND DRIVE A STAKE TO IDENTIFY

  1. Fill out the well application completely. On the second page marked “site plan” carefully draw a sketch of the property indicating the location of any of the items listed.  When building a new house a Home Sewage Site Plan provided by the Health District may be used in place of this sketch. The well must be located according to the attached minimum distance requirements.
  2. Return the completed application to the:
    LOGAN COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT
    310 SOUTH MAIN
    BELLEFONTAINE, OHIO  43311

The permit will be issued upon approval by a sanitarian and payment of permit fee.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that the permit is paid for prior to drilling.

PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL:

  1. All work performed on the system must be completed by a company or individual that is registered with the Ohio Department of Health as a Private Water Systems contractor.
  2. The private water system contractor/installer completion form must be returned to this office upon completion of the system.
  3. A copy of the well log must be provided to this office within 30 days after the well is drilled.
  4. Disinfect the well and plumbing according to instructions provided.
  5. Notify this department when all the work and disinfection have been completed to make arrangements for a water sample.

Note:  The cost of the first water sample is included in the permit fee.  Additional samples are $40.00 each.  Water samples for real estate sale are $60.00

The permit automatically expires one year from the date of validation.


Well Disinfection

Well disinfection can eliminate or reduce many different kinds harmful bacteria and viruses as well as harmless bacteria which can cause unpleasant taste and odors. However, disinfection will not correct water problems caused by chemical contamination from nitrate, fuels, pesticides, or other substances. Well disinfection should be performed under the following circumstances:

  • When coliform bacteria are present in the water;
  • After flooding of the well;
  • After plumbing installation, e.g. softeners, sinks, filters;
  • After casing or pump repairs – submersible types or other;
  • When water taste or odor changes, e.g. from iron or sulfur reducing bacteria;
  • As part of annual maintenance; or
  • During startup of seasonal wells.

CLICK HERE for well disinfection instructions

The article Water Quality provides a great checklist for well owners.

Private Water Systems Contractors are licensed by the Ohio Department of Health.  A list of currently licensed contractors is available at the ODH Private Water Systems Program website.

For more information and assistance with your private water system, please call 937.592.9040.  You may also e-mail us at LCHD@loganhealth.org.

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