The goal of the water program is to prevent waterborne illnesses and diseases.
Construction or Renovations
In Illinois, private water wells must be constructed or renovated by an Illinois Department of Public Health licensed well contractor. Before construction or modifications can take place, the health department must issue a private water well construction permit. We conduct inspections of newly constructed and/or renovated private wells in Bureau, Putnam and Marshall Counties.
Sealing Abandoned Wells
The health department issues well sealing permits and inspects the well sealing to ensure that underground water resources are protected.
Closed Loop Geothermal Wells
Before installing closed loop geothermal wells, a permit must be obtained from our health department. Closed loop well construction is inspected by our environmental health staff.
Water Well Testing
Water well testing kits are available for purchase in each of our departments. Environmental Health staff will test your well water for a nominal fee. All new water wells are tested by our staff for Coliform. Nitrate and nitrite in groundwater may be produced by agricultural fertilizers, livestock waste or septic systems. For nitrate and/or nitrite testing, our staff can assist you in locating a private laboratory.
Testing Water for Lead
The Illinois State Water Survey provides testing for lead for any household (private well or municipal supply). Testing for lead usually applies to older homes, built before approximately 1986, where lead pipes or solder might be present. The Illinois State Water Survey will provide bottles and instructions, and the fee for testing is $25.00. For more information or to request a kit, call the Public Service Laboratory at (217) 300-7420.