Cisterns 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. View a list of tips for proper maintenance and disinfection of cisterns and wells.
Water testing for homes using cisterns and wells 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 the time of inspection and recommendations for repair or cleaning/disinfection only.
- Because the inspections are not required by law, no enforcement will be provided by the Health Department.
- The observations made on the day of inspection will be based partly upon information provided to the Health Department.
- The inspection does not constitute either a written or implied warranty or guarantee that the private water system in question is installed in compliance with any prevailing code, nor that the system will operate in a satisfactory manner in the future.
- Samples will be tested for fecal and total coliform only. Additional testing for lead, pesticides, etc. would need to be arranged through the Northern Kentucky Water District or a private lab.
- Once application and payment are received, allow up to 10 business days for completion of inspection and sampling.
- The fee of $200 includes an inspection and up to two samples. If additional samples are needed, a fee of $200 per two samples would be required.
- It may be necessary to meet the inspector for access to the cistern or sampling site.
To ensure the water quality meets EPA’s drinking water standards, cistern cleaning and/or disinfection of a private water supply is suggested. View a list of tips for proper maintenance and disinfection of cisterns and wells.
The Health Department contracts with the Northern Kentucky Water District for water quality testing.
- View a copy of the Northern Kentucky Water District’s lab certification.
- Samples will be tested for fecal and total coliform only. Additional testing for lead, pesticides, etc. would need to be arranged through Northern Kentucky Water District or a private lab.
If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Health Department at 859-341-4151.