The Ohio Department of Health has added two new fee categories for Private Water Systems; these categories became effective on January 1. Richland Public Health has scheduled a hearing to provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the new fees. Each new fee is $100.
Ohio’s private water systems program regulates wells, springs, rain water cisterns, hauled water storage tanks and ponds that provide potable water to fewer than 25 people per day and have fewer than 15 service connections. Examples of buildings that may be impacted, provided they use water from one of the listed sources, include 1,2 and 3 family dwellings; multiple dwellings on the same or adjacent properties; non-home buildings such as barns, small businesses, churches, etc.; and small manufactured home parks and campgrounds.
The Alteration Disconnection Fee: Assessed when connecting to a public supply with the intention of retaining the use of the private water system source for alternative purposes in accordance with paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(3) of rule 3701-28-17 of the Administrative Code. The alteration disconnection fee shall not be applied when a private water system source is disconnected with the intention of being sealed.
Temporary Hauled Tank Fee: The installation and subsequent decommissioning of a temporary hauled water storage tank for a specified time period in time limited emergency conditions.
Questions may be raised at the public hearing on Tuesday, January 21, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at the Richland Public Health office in Mansfield (meeting is in the Board Room). Alternatively, those with questions or comments may contact Joe Harrod, Director of Public Health, via telephone at 419-774-4520 or e-mail at [email protected] Lastly, the next monthly Board of Health meeting is scheduled for January 27 at 6:00 PM at the Richland Public Health office in Mansfield (in the Corley Room), for anyone who wishes to personally address the Board of Health at that time.