Any homeowner or builder that is beginning construction of a new home is required to contact the Geauga County Health District for a lot evaluation. After evaluation new sewage and water well permits are issued.
An alteration is considered as a major change to the construction or configuration of an existing system such as adding an disinfecting device, deepening a well, replacing casing, etc. Private water systems are classified according to the type of dwelling, single family or multi-family dwelling. A single family dwelling is a home where only one family resides. A multi-family dwelling could be duplex home or some small business operations.
Private water system permits are good for one year. During this one-year time frame, the installation or alteration must be performed, the system must pass a final inspection, and the water supply must pass a water test to insure safety. The water test analyzes coliform bacteria and nitrates.