Periodic droughts or extended periods spanning more than one season with below normal rainfall occur in Ohio. When seasonal or longer term drought conditions occur, private water systems such as water wells, spring, ponds, rainwater cisterns and hauled water storage tanks will likely be impacted. This fact sheet discusses basic steps each property owner should follow to protect their private water system. Replacing or altering the private water system may be necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. It is important to note that any replacement, addition, or alteration to a private water system requires a permit from the local health district. A permit ensures that the change to the system will be inspected and tested for safety and proper construction.
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