The purpose of the water program is to ensure that the public's health is protected through safe drinking water, proper well and water supply system construction and site location evaluation for wells before installation. Prevention of contamination of the on-site water supply is a high priority of the program.
The program involves a permit process and the identification of the specific type of supply, public or private.
Water supplies are classified according to the number of people served and the number of service connections, and they include Community, Individual, and Non-Community Water supplies. The Jackson County Health Department will also supply individuals with compliance sample kits for public and private water supplies to assure safe water quality. There is a charge to the individual on water testing that is completed.
Individual water wells must be drilled by licensed well drillers. A list of Approved Well Drillers can be found on the WVDHHR Environmental Engineering Division's website. Other sources of individual water supplies include cisterns and springs; however, these are not Jackson County Health Department approved without the use of a chlorinator or ultraviolet light for disinfection. Residents wanting to have their private water supply tested for bacteriological safety or that have questions concerning this program may call the Health Department.