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Private Water Supplies

Over 80% of the County's population is served by public water.  This still leaves a large number of people served by private water supplies.

EHS provides guidance and technical support on matters relating to private water supplies.  We can troubleshoot problems you are experiencing with your water supply. 



There are times when it is advised that you "disinfect" your well.  EHS has created a "fact sheet" to assist you with this process. It is the second page of a two-page document.  The first page is the procedure for sampling your water.  The second page is the disinfection procedure.  For a copy of the "well sampling/disinfection procedure", click HERE.




The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has created several "fact sheets" to assist you with issues related to individual water supply wells.  Listed below are the fact sheet topics.  To download a copy of the fact sheet simply click on the fact sheet title you are interested in:

Fact Sheet #1 - Use of Additional Measures in Water Well Siting and Construction

Fact Sheet #2 - Water Storage

Fact Sheet #3 - Recommended Residential Water Quality Testing

Fact Sheet #4 - Decommissioning Abandoned Wells

Fact Sheet #6 - Individual Water Supplies/Guidance For CEO's



NYSDOH has also developed standards for private water wells.  For a copy of "Appendix 5-B: Standards For Water Wells", click HERE

Guidance on how you can go about getting your water well tested can be found by clicking HERE.

For more information on how we might be able to help you with your private drinking water supply, you can contact us at (607) 737-2019.




Another website with a lot of valuable information on private water wells is

Chemung County Health Center
103 Washington Street
Elmira, NY

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