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Wells Used As A Private Water System

What is a Well? 

"Well" means any excavation greater than ten feet below the ground surface regardless of design or method of construction that is done or used for any of the following purposes:

  1. Removing ground water for the provision of water for human consumption; or
  2. Determining the quality, quantity, or level of ground water in or the stratigraphy of an aquifer, excluding borings for instrumentation in dams, dikes or levees or highway embankments."

Free Online Training for Homeowners with Water Wells

  • The Private Well Class - http://privatewellclass.org/
    • Sponsored by USEPA, RCAR, Illinois State Water Survey, Illinois WRC, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Well Safety and Maintenance Guides and Fact Sheets

Forms and Resources

Additional Guides

The following guides may not meet the current construction and sealing requirements in OAC Chapter 3701-28 (Private Water Systems Rules) effective January 1, 2020. Refer to the Private Water Systems Rules and contact your Local Health District prior to constructing, altering, or sealing a well.