Sealing Private Water Supplies
Private water systems are water supplies other than public water and can be in the form of a well, spring, pond, cistern or hauled water supply or a combination of any of these sources. When a new water supply is developed (new well) or when a connection to public water supply is made, the existing well, cistern or hauled water tank is generally abandoned. When a private water supply is abandoned, and no longer in use, the Ohio Administrative Code requires that it must be properly sealed within thirty days.
Why is sealing an unused water supply so important? When unused water supplies are no longer maintained, they can deteriorate and allow surface contaminants to enter the ground water system. An unused water supply can also pose a physical safety hazard if left unattended.