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Limited Use Public Water Systems

Environmental Health

Limited Use Public Water Systems (public water systems that are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act), multi-family water systems, and private water systems are regulated by the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County (DOH-Indian River). DOH-Indian River has a program to provide routine quarterly sampling for limited use systems.

These are small public water systems that either serve a very small population or otherwise serve water on a very limited basis. More specifically, these are systems that serve less than 15 service connections OR less than 25 people OR provide water to the public less than 60 days per year. There are several types of systems:

  • community Limited Use Public Water Systems (LUPWS) - water systems serve piped water to five or more private residences or two or more rental residences.
  • commercial LUPWS - systems serve piped water to one or more non-residential establishments. If a commercial LUPWS provides no water for public consumption, it can obtain "registered" status and be exempt from the requirement to obtain an annual operating permit.
  • multi-family water systems - provide piped water to three or four private residences, one of which may be a rental residence. Private water systems provide piped water to one or two residences, one of which may be a rental residence. Chapter 64E-8, Florida Administrative Code, establishes the standards to construct, modify, or operate public and private water systems that fall under 381.0062, Florida Statute.

More information on Limited Use Public Water Systems can be found on the Florida Department of Health Limited Use Wells webpage.