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Laws and Rules

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 Rules, effective January 1, 2020 

Authority to Enforce the Private Water System Rules

Authority for Fees

Transmission of Fees

Private Water Systems Program Memos

Private Water Systems Program Bulletin to PWS Contactors 


Fact Sheets

​Go to the ODH Health Assessment Program for additional fact sheets on contaminants in Drinking Water.

Required Labels for Components of a Private Water System

Schematic for Continuous Disinfection and Filtration Devices for Ponds used as Private Water Systems

Presentations from Past Trainings

Learn more about your Private Water Systems

To approve training for Sanitarian educational credits, contact the State Board of Sanitarian Registration.

State Agencies

Ohio Associations and Organizations

National Agencies, Associations, and Organizations