Private Water System
The Delaware General Health District recognizes the important role that private water system contractors play in protecting our drinking water supply. Because of this, we try to be a resource of the most current information related to legal requirements of the profession and public health rules that impact how work is completed.
The Residential Services Unit works closely with all private water system contractors exercising their profession within Delaware General Health District to ensure that they are aware of expectations related to protecting the drinking water supply and public health. The Residential Services Unit also offers a variety of water sampling services. These are for new, altered, and existing private water systems and fees are dependent on the type of sampling requested. Our Sanitarians can visit your home and take samples for analysis of total coliform, E. Coli, nitrates, lead and many others.
If you are thinking about installing a new private water system on your property, please complete the following steps:
- Complete all application forms or have your registered Private Water System Installer complete them for you.
- Submit the competed application forms and appropriate fees to the Delaware General Health District. Once received our staff will complete a detailed site evaluation.
- Once your contractor has completed the installation of the private water system they will submit follow up paperwork to the Delaware General Health District.
- The homeowner or their representative must call us after the paperwork is submitted to schedule a water sample. Water samples are taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 12 p.m. Please note: A satisfactory water sample MUST be obtained within one year of completion of the system. If no water sample is obtained, the system will be disapproved.
- Systems are approved once a satisfactory water sample is obtained, all paperwork is submitted and final inspection performed
Complete instructions on obtaining a permit and more resources related to sampling can be found by referring to the links on this page.