State of Ohio Water Well Sealing Regulations

Current regulations for private (Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3701-28-17) and public water supply wells (OAC 3745-9-10) require that boreholes not converted into wells, and wells not being used to obtain water or provide information on quantity or quality be sealed.

The authority for enforcement for public water supplies is the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Division of Drinking and Ground Water. The Ohio Department of health and the local health departments have authority for enforcement for private wells.

Sealing of an abandoned well must be documented per the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 1521.05 (C). A well sealing report must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources. A well sealing form can be requested from ODNR by calling 614-265-6740. For private wells, the local health department should be contacted when an abandoned well is going to be sealed.

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