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Private Water (Wells) Program

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 Program Contacts

Mike Sekerak RS
Program Manager
216.201.2000 ext 1234
Domenica McClintock MPH, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1223

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has adopted new fees for 2019 in this program.
Click here to view these 2019 fees

Under the Private Water Systems Program, sanitarians evaluate and sample private water systems, which include wells, cisterns, springs, ponds, and hauled water storage tanks.

CCBH issues permits for the development of new private water systems, the alteration of existing systems and well sealing. These systems are inspected and sampled as part of the approval process. The fee schedule for all permits can be viewed in the Links section below.

A point of sale inspection is also offered. As part of this inspection, the private water system is sampled for the presence of E. coli, Total Coliform Bacteria and nitrates.

We also sample non-community transient water systems, such as those found in food service operations,  food establishments, schools, pools, and manufactured home parks that are not accessible to a municipal water supply.


An important but sometimes forgotten issue associated with municipal water line connections is proper private water system abandonment. Unused wells that are not properly sealed after homes have connected to a municipal water line can create numerous public health and safety concerns, along with serving as a potential contamination source to the aquifer.

The first step in properly abandoning a private water supply is to contact the local health department. CCBH can provide sealing information and legal requirements to the homeowner.

A link to an Application For Private Water System Construction, Alteration or Sealing is listed below. This permit can be utilized for anyone planning on developing a new private water supply, modifying the existing system, or abandoning a water supply that will no longer be in use.

CCBH has been active in increasing the public awareness of proper private water system abandonment. Seminars have been held in communities impacted by municipal water line extensions.

In addition to providing education on proper abandonment, we are continually attempting to locate and secure funding sources (grants, low interest loans, etc.) that could help reduce the homeowner’s cost associated with properly abandoning a private water system.


Detailed information about well logs (type, location, depth, etc.) can be found at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.


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