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Drinking Water

Environmental Health


Milton Location


8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Public and Private Drinking Water 

 The Drinking Water Program is designed to protect the public from risks associated with contaminated drinking water supplies. Over 90 percent of Florida’s drinking water comes from groundwater supplies. Therefore, several programs have been enacted in Florida to closely monitor our drinking water.

Drinking Water Toxics Program

  • Private water wells are monitored through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This program is designed to protect the public from agricultural chemicals (ethylene dibromide), industrial solvents, radionuclides and heavy metals.
  • DEP identifies the potential hazard to groundwater supplies in a geographical area. The private wells within a specific distance (usually ¼ mile) to the hazardous site are identified as “at risk” for environmental contamination. 
  • Once at risk wells are identified, the well sampling is conducted by our department. 
  • Sample results are reported to the private well owners along with health advisories.

Monitoring Water Quality

The Environmental Health staff provides chemical and biological testing of public water supplies to ensure quality. Our office works closely with Department of Environmental Protection and North West Florida Water Management in an effort to resolve water complaints.

We also offer testing of private water wells for bacteria, lead, nitrates and other contaminants. For more information, contact Environmental Health at 850-983-5275 or email

You can also download and complete a Water Sample Questionnaire (PDF-182KB) and email it to the above address.

Please Note:  Florida has a very broad public records law.  Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request.  Therefore, your e-mail communication may be subject to public disclosure.