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Registration To Work On A Private Water System

Who Must Register?

All companies or self-employed individuals not employed by a company, in the business of constructing, developing, installing, disinfecting, treating, inspecting, abandoning, servicing or altering all or any part of a private water system, as defined in the Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3701-28-01(QQQ), must annually register with the Ohio Department of Health.  2016 Private Water Systems Contractor Registration Materials

**NEW in 2016**If you are an active duty member of the U.S. armed forces, a veteran, spouse or surviving spouse of a service member or veteran, your company's registration application will be priority processed if you mark the box identifying yourself as such.

Examples of private water systems contractors whose work requires registration includes:

  • well drillers; 
  • pump installers;
  • cistern installers;
  • spring developers;
  • pond installers;
  • well sealing;
  • water treatment/conditioning installers;
  • those who inspect private water systems for compliance with OAC Chapter 3701-28;
  • those who collect samples from and interpret the results or offer advice concerning the correction of problems identified by sampling; and,
  • those doing work on a private water system prior to the discharge side of any pressure tank or other storage vessel.

Note About Homeowners / Property Owners Wanting To Do Their Own Work:  Owners of a primary or secondary property or property rentals in which they do not reside, or owners altering or sealing water wells for their dwelling house, shall obtain a registration from the Ohio Department of Health to perform work.  Property/home owners who want to drill their own water well and /or install a pitless adapter in a new well casing must also obtain a surety bond (see link and instructions in Step 3 below). A property/home owner may apply to the Ohio Department of Health for variance to reduce the registration fee and for exemption from the bonding requirements for the construction of private water system rainwater cisterns, hauled water storage tanks, springs, and ponds.  All other types of repair work conducted by property/home owners on private water systems do not require a bond. Property/home owners may only perform work on residences and properties that they own.  Click here for the Private Water Systems Property Owner Registration Page.

Who does not have to register?

Registration is not required of any person who performs labor or services as an employee under the direct supervision of a registered contractor, or any person who aids the owner with this work without compensation.

Direct supervision means that a registered water system contractor instructs and controls the person claimed to be supervised, the person is an employee of the registered contractor, and that the registered water system contractor is responsible for the actions of that person and is reasonably available if and when needed, even though such registered water systems contractor may not be physically present at the work site.

What is the registration period?

The private water systems contractor registration is an annual registration that is valid from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. Contractors or homeowners that register after January 1 will have a registration that is valid from the date of confirmation and processing of the completed application through December 31 of the same calendar year.

 

Page Updated: 12/09/2015