In Ohio, an estimated 1.5 million people receive their drinking water from ground or surface water resources through private water systems such as wells, springs, ponds, rain water cisterns, and hauled water. As a private well owner, you are responsible for testing your well to ensure that your water is safe to drink. It is recommended that private water system owners test a few parameters such as total coliform bacteria, E. coli, nitrates and arsenic on a regular basis to maintain a record of water quality and identify any changes to the system.
The Summit County Public Health Department laboratory offers a variety of low cost drinking water testing services, including tests for bacteria, lead, copper, arsenic, and nitrate/nitrite. All homeowner samples are $10 per test. They also offer arsenic testing free of charge (with other metals testing) to Summit County residents. For more information, visit https://www.scph.org/water-quality/private-residential-homeowner-testing.