The Belmont County health Department is responsible for the regulation of private water systems within Belmont County as specified in Chapter 3701-28 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Private water systems are potable water wells, ponds, springs, cisterns and hauled water storage tanks that provide drinking water to fewer than 25 people, less than 60 days out of the year, and have less than 15 service connections. These would include single water supplies that serve homes, small businesses, small churches, small mobile home parks or communities with fewer than 25 residents.
A permit MUST be obtained through the Belmont County Health Department before constructing, altering, or sealing a private water system. Refer to the Homeowners Constructing of a PWS for the steps necessary to obtain a permit.
Private water system contractors are required to be registered through the Ohio Department of Health to construct, alter and seal water systems throughout Ohio.
Private water systems are regulated by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) under Sections 3701.344 to 3701.347 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-28 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Private Water Systems are potable water wells, ponds, springs, cisterns and hauled water storage tanks that provide drinking water to fewer than 25 people, less than sixty days out of the year, or have less than 15 service connections. These would include single water supplies that serve homes, small businesses, small churches, small mobile home parks or communities with fewer than 25 residents.
- Private Water Systems Rules, Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-28
- Authority to Enforce the Private Water System Rules, Ohio Revised Code 3701.344
- Authority for Fees, Ohio Revised Code 3709.09
The Belmont County Health Department also collects water samples for new and existing private water systems. Water is analyzed for the presence of total coliform bacteria and e-coli bacteria. Additionally, for newly constructed private water systems, a prescreening test for nitrates/nitrites is done at the time of collection.
To set up an appointment for water sample collection please call your local health department.
Please contact the BCHD for the current PWS Fees 740-695-1202
- New well permits (single family dwelling)
- New well permits (non-single family dwelling)
- Cistern/Spring/Hauled water storage tank permit
- Construction of a pond for single family dwelling permit
- Alteration of a water well permit (single family)
- Alteration of a water well permit (non-single family)
- Conversion of well for non-single family dwelling
- Sealing permit (single family)
- Sealing permit (non-single family)
- Water sample
- Inspection of water hauler registration and vehicle inspection
- Inspection of private water systems contractor
- Penalty for supplying/hauling water from an unapproved source
- Permit Application and Site Plan
- Additional Plans Forms as required in section 3701-28-03(E) and (F) of the Administrative Code.
- Required for the construction or alteration of ponds, springs, cisterns, wells drilled in areas of known flowing well conditions, systems serving greater than a three (3) family dwelling, and systems servicing buildings (as defined in section 3781.06 of the Revised Code)
Completion Form for Private Water Systems
- Well – Pump – Distribution
- Cisterns and Hauled Water Storage Tanks
- Continuous Disinfection
Well Logs, Completion Forms, and Sealing Reports must be completed and submitted to the Local Health District within thirty (30) days of the completion of the work you perform.