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Cistern Testing

Diagram of cistern system at a homeCisterns are contained water supplies for homes without access to a public water source. Homes with cisterns usually collect water from the roof or purchase water from a water hauler. Tips for proper maintenance and disinfection of cisterns.

Water testing for homes using cisterns is often required for real-estate transactions, including buying/selling or refinancing. While this testing is not required by local or state law, the Health Department offers it as a service for properties located in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties.
By requesting a cistern inspection/water sample, the Health Department will provide a report with observations made at time of inspection and recommendations for repair or cleaning/disinfection only.  

Request testing
Please complete an application (PDF or Word format) and return to the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Environmental Health and Safety, 610 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Ky  41017.  

To ensure the water quality meets EPA’s drinking water standards, cistern cleaning and/or disinfection is suggested.  Tips for proper maintenance and disinfection of cisterns.
The Health Department contracts with the Northern Kentucky Water District for water quality testing.  

More information
If you have questions or need additional information, please the Health Department at 859.341.4151.