Private Water Systems

Private water sources can come from wells, cisterns, ponds and springs. Any private water system can carry harmful contaminants. Clermont County Public Health is involved in private water systems due to the potential for homeowners and their families to become sick from improperly treated private water supplies. It is Public Health’s responsibility to work with homeowners to be sure their system is sited appropriately and has all the components to provide safe drinking water.

If you are planning on building in an area without public water you will need to come into the office and submit an application for a private water system. Refer to How to Apply for a Private Water System Permit for detailed instructions on the application process.

Additional resources

Private Water System Inspections

Registered Water Haulers

Cistern Cleaning Instructions

Cistern Disinfection Instructions

Well Disinfection Fact Sheet for Homeowners

Well water interpretation tool

Private water system forms

How to apply for a private water system permit

Plans for developing a rainwater cistern or hauled water supply

Ohio Department of Health

Ohio EPA Certified Water labs

Lists of private water systems contractors, certified laboratories and registered water haulers

Abandoning a private water system

Cistern construction alteration review inspections