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Private Water Systems

What is a private water system?

Many residents of Warren County rely on private water systems to provide their drinking water because Public Water is not available to their property. Private Water Systems are:

A private water system provides water to less than 25 people a day. This usually includes all residences and some small businesses not served by a public water system. Systems that regularly serve an average of at least twenty-five individuals daily at least sixty days each year are regulated by the Ohio EPA. Any work on a private water system needs to be conducted by a registered water system contractor who is registered with the Ohio Department of Health.

What do I need to do to have a private water system?

In Warren County, new private water systems which include wells, cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, and ponds used for drinking water, are regulated by the Ohio Private Water Systems Regulations. An Application/Permit for a Private Water System must be issued by the Warren County Health District (WCHD) prior to installing or altering a private water system. Our Environmental Health Staff issues installation permits and conducts inspections of all new and altered (repaired or upgraded) private water systems within Warren County to assure the installation was completed correctly and to code.

What happens after a private water system is installed?

Upon completion of a new water system, a environmental public health sanitarian will conduct an inspection to ensure the private water system was installed in accordance with the Ohio Private Water Systems Regulations.

In addition, a water sample needs to be collected by the health department to determine whether the water is safe to drink. It is being tested for the presence of Total Coliform bacteria. Prior to the water sample collection, the private water system needs to be properly disinfected if it does not have continuous disinfection as part of the system, Disinfection/Shock Chlorination of Wells.

A new private water system is approved by WCHD when the appropriate required paperwork is obtained from the water contractor and an acceptable water sample has been obtained from the residence.

Water Samples

Water samples can be collected on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for new private water systems with a new permit and for private water system owners who are curious about the quality of their drinking water. There is a fee associated with the collection and testing of the water for any existing water system. The first sample on a new system is part of the permit fee. Water sample requests can be made by contacting the office at 513-695-1220.

Technical Assistance

Our environmental health staff also provides technical assistance and guidance to homeowners who may be having problems with their existing water system such as low yield of water, discoloration or a bad odor. If needed, an alteration/replacement of the private water system may be recommended. WCHD staff then works with the registered private water contractor to determine the problem and discuss possible solutions.

Hauled Water Storage Tanks

Residences that utilize hauled water storage tanks are re-supplied by private water haulers. The Warren County Combined Health District registers Private Water Haulers as part of the Private Water Program on an annual basis.

Fees are subject to change at any time. We will do our best to keep these fees updated. Please verify the fee when calling in or during your visit.
Fee TypeTotal
Permit Renewal$190
Time-Limited Approval for a Specific Event (Temporary Event)$80
Commercial Level 1 < 25000 Sq.Ft$198
Commercial Level 2 < 25000 Sq.Ft$218
Commercial Level 3 < 25000 Sq.Ft$378
Commercial Level 4 < 25000 Sq.Ft$458
Commercial Level 1 > 25000 Sq.Ft$258
Commercial Level 2 > 25000 Sq.Ft$278
Commercial Level 3 > 25000 Sq.Ft$888
Commercial Level 4 > 25000 Sq.Ft$928
Non-Commercial Level 1 < 25000 Sq.Ft$99
Non-Commercial Level 2 < 25000 Sq.Ft$109
Non-Commercial Level 3 < 25000 Sq.Ft$189
Non-Commercial Level 4 < 25000 Sq.Ft$229
Non-Commercial Level 1 > 25000 Sq.Ft$129
Non-Commercial Level 2 > 25000 Sq.Ft$139
Non-Commercial Level 3 > 25000 Sq.Ft$444
Non-Commercial Level 4 > 25000 Sq.Ft$464
Mobile Food Service Operations$143
Temporary FSO/RFE$60
Non-Commercial Temporary FSO/RFE$30
Vending Location$17.70
Facility Plan Review Fee $150
Permit Application Fee$17
Permit Application Additional Fee Per Fixture$17
Minimum Permit Application Fee$40
Late Fee Per Additional Fixtures Found During Finalizing$21.25
Contractor's Registration Fee$75
Installer's Registration Fee$40
Reinspection Fee$60
Commercial Plan Review Fee: 1-10 Fixtures$50
Commercial Plan Review Fee: 11-25 Fixtures$65
Commercial Plan Review Fee: 26-50 Fixtures$90
Commercial Plan Review Fee: 51+ Fixtures$150
Backflow Recertification$25
City of Mason Residential Water Service Permit Under 100 Feet$60
City of Mason Residential Water Service Permit Over 100 Feet$75
City of Mason Residential Water Service Permit Over 100 Feet Additional Inspection$30
City of Mason Commercial Water Service Plan Review Fee$50
City of Mason Commercial Water Service Permit Fee (includes 3 inspections)$150
City of Mason Commercial Water Service Additional Fee Per Inspection$60
New Installation: Single Family Dwelling$428
New Installation: Non-Single Family Dwelling$433
Existing System Alteration: Single Family Dwelling$334
Existing System Alteration: Non-Single Family Dwelling$339
Well Abandonment Permit: Single Family Dwelling$60
Well Abandonment Permit: Non-Single Family Dwelling$65
Conversion Well Permit: Single Family Dwelling$408
Conversion Well Permit: Non-Single Family Dwelling$413
Test Well Permit: Single Family Dwelling$194
Test Well Permit: Non-Single Family Dwelling$204
Water Hauler’s Inspection Fee$32
Variance Application Fee$50
Hauled Water Storage Tank/Cistern: Single Family Dwelling$408
Hauled Water Storage Tank/Cistern: Non-Single Family Dwelling$413
Existing System Alteration Hauled Water Storage Tank/Cistern: Single Family Dwelling$334
Existing System Alteration Hauled Water Storage Tank/Cistern: Non-Single Family Dwelling$339
Water Sample$50 + lab cost
Test for animal ODH won't pay for$30.00 + shipping
Campground 50 or less sites$260
Campground More than 50 sites$260.00 + $1.00 per site over 50
Temporary Park-Camp 50 or less sites$60
Temporary Park-Camp More than 50 sites$60.00 + $1.00 per site over 50
Site Review for HSTS, SFOSTS or GWRS$160
Installation Permit for HSTS and GWRS$499
Alteration Permit for HSTS and GWRS$435
Installation Permit SFOSTS$534
Alteration Permit for SFOSTS$495
Minor Alteration Permit for Sewage Treatment System$120
Operational Maintenance Permit for HSTS and SFOSTS$30
Operational Maintenance Permit Fee$15
Property Addition (garage, pool, & bedroom)$85
Subdivision (Lot Split) – First Two Lots$160
Subdivision – Each Additional Lot$40
711 Land Transfer Review (When Site Visit is Required)$80
Re-Inspection Fee$60
STS Installer Registration$90
Sewage System Service Provider Registration$90
Septage Hauler Registration$90
Septage Hauler Vehicle Registration (Per Vehicle)$25
Septage Disposal Permit$175
Septic Tank Abandonment Permit$50
Collection of Effluent Samples$50.00 + lab cost
Variance Application Fee$50
First Pool or Spa$354
Additional Pool/Spa, Same Location$243
Government/Tax Supported School$250
Burial Permits$3
Certified Copy of Birth or Death Record$22