The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is delegated by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the St. Johns River Water Management District to issue well construction permits. The permitting of wells ensures construction standards are met and distance requirements are met from known contamination sources. Only licensed well contractors may apply through the ePermitting website.
Water Supply Sources
More than a third of Marion County’s residents receive their drinking water from public water systems. The majority of residents receive their water from "limited-use" public water systems and private wells. Public water systems are required to perform routine testing to ensure that they meet minimum state drinking water standards.
Private well owners are responsible for ensuring that their own well water is safe to drink. It is recommended that potable well water be tested at least once a year for bacteria. Routine water testing can help ensure that your water supply is safe. To find a laboratory near you check the phone book, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection online laboratory listing, or call the county health department.
Visit the Department of Health Private Well Testing page for more information.
Limited Use Public Water Systems
Water systems that serve small businesses and communities are inspected and permitted by the Department of Health. All water systems classified as limited use public water systems require review of plans and issuance of a permit to construct and operate a public water system. Call Environmental Health to make an appointment.
Public Water Supply
The Department of Environmental Protection regulates larger water systems that serve more than 24 people per day. For information call the Department of Environmental Protection Central District office at 407-897-4100.
For more information visit the Department of Health Drinking Water page.