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Drinking Water and Private Wells

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Drinking Water

Through the Limited Use Drinking Water program, Environmental Health monitors small public drinking water systems (wells) in Manatee County.  The program:

  • Checks for water contamination (from bacteria, organic/inorganic chemicals or radiation)
  • Reviews construction plans for new or modified systems to ensure all applicable standards are met
  • Performs routine annual sanitation and safety inspections
  • Investigates complaints of water-related diseases
  • Samples water from wells under the State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response (SUPER) Act program if there is a possible petroleum product contamination

New Limited Use Permitting Checklist (25KB PDF)

Limited Use Drinking Water Coordinator: Josiah Cooper 941-741-7599

SUPER Act Coordinator: Terri Stripling 941-741-3962


Private Wells (Drinking Water)

This office assists owners of private water systems in determining the bacteriological quality of their drinking water. Samples are brought in from private wells at the request of owners, residents, physicians and/or lending institutions. In addition, the Environmental Health staff investigates waterborne illnesses possibly related to private water systems.


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