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Private Water Systems

The Van Wert County Health Department Private Water Systems Program includes permitting of private water systems in areas of the county that are not served by public or municipal water systems.  A Private Water System Permit must be obtained prior to drilling a well for drinking water use.   

Bacteriological sampling of private water systems is available upon request.  If you wish to have your well tested, please contact the Health Department at 419-238-0808 extension 105 to schedule a sample collection date and time.

Information and Documents for Home Owners

Application Procedure for Private Water System Installation Permit

Well Permit Application

Water Well Disinfection Procedure for Homeowners

ODH Registered Private Water Systems Contractors Located in Ohio

ODH Registered Private Water Systems Contractors Located Outside Ohio

Boil Advisory Guidelines


Well Water Contamination

Total and Fecal Coliform Bacteria Fact Sheet

E.coli Fact Sheet

Nitrates and Nitrites Fact Sheet

OSU Extension Fact Sheet-Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs

Interpreting Your Water Test Report

The Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District has been conducting a surface and ground water quality monitoring program since 1989. The water quality monitoring program's purpose is to establish baseline data in Van Wert County and the influence of rainfall and sampling date on surface water quality. The study also includes ground water sampling and analysis for bacterial and chemical contaminants.  This study is available online: Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District Surface and Groundwater Quality Study

Information and Documents for Well Drillers and Pump Installers

Private Water System Completion Form 5239

Cleaning and Disinfecting Wells (Contractors)

Private Water System Program Update 3-3-15

Real Estate Inspection Information

Real Estate Inspection Fact Sheet

Real Estate Inspection Application

Websites of Interest

Ohio Private Water System Rules

Ohio's Source Water Environmental Education Teams

Well Log Search


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