[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of East Brunswick on 12-27-88 as Ord. 88-981]
Any person drilling a well shall be required to obtain a permit from the Department of Health for which a fee of one hundred dollars ($100) shall be charged.
In their interpretation and application, the provisions of this chapter shall be held to be the minimum requirements adopted for the promotion of the public health, safety and welfare. To protect the public, among other purposes, such provisions are intended to provide for an adequate water supply which is free from deleterious substances and fit for human consumption, and to protect both private and public property owners from false statements as to the depth wells are sunk and from excessive charges based thereon.
It is not intended by this chapter to repeal, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with existing provisions of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey or the Uniform Construction Code dealing with wells, except that where this chapter imposes a greater restriction or duty than is imposed or required by such existing provisions of law, the provisions of this chapter shall control.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- An excavation, whether drilled, bored or cored, for water or in the exploration for water. Drive point wells or hand dug wells are included within this definition.
- WELL DRILLER
- A state licensed person, firm association or corporation who engages in the drilling, digging, driving, boring coring, construction or altering of any well.
If a well to be constructed on a lot of thirty thousand (30,000) square feet or less, such well shall be a driven-type well, to be drilled a minimum depth of fifty (50) feet. In the event the lot size is larger than thirty thousand (30,000) square feet, then dug wells of a minimum depth of twenty (20) feet shall be permitted.
The casing for all wells shall be steel pipe, plastic pipe or steel pipe with a plastic liner, as approved by the Health Officer, the thickness and weight of which, for the diameter required, shall conform to the minimum standards for such pipe contained in the Plumbing Code of the Township of East Brunswick and statutes of State of New Jersey.
Pumps for all wells drilled to a depth of fifty (50) feet or greater shall be the kind and type commonly designated as "deep well pumps" and shall be capable of delivering a sustained flow of at least five (5) gallons per minute for a test period of four (4) hours. All wells shall be sealed with a patented well seal of an approved type. Installation of the pump and seal shall be the responsibility of a well driller licensed in the State of New Jersey.
Upon the completion of any well, the well driller shall arrange to plumb or sound the well to ascertain the correct depth of such well in the presence of a municipal representative designated by the Township Health Officer or his agent.
Within sixty (60) days of the completion of the drilling of any well, a report shall be filed by the well driller with the Township Health Officer, giving the log (i.e., description of materials penetrated), the size and depth of the well, the diameters and lengths of the casing and screen installed therein, the static and pumping levels and yield of the well, and such other information pertaining to the construction or operation of the well as may be required by the Township Health Officer. The well driller shall also deliver or mail a copy of this report to the owner of the well. This report shall be identical in all respects to the report submitted to the Division of Water Policy and Supply of the State Department as required by N.J.R.S. 58:A-14 and amendments thereto, and may be submitted to the Township Health Officer or his agent on the forms prescribed by the Division of Water Policy and Supply.
Within ten (10) days of the completion of any well, the well driller or owner shall file a report of the analysis of the water from the well with the Township Health Officer or his agent, which shall include the following tests as a minimum.
The costs for the above analysis shall be borne by the well driller or owner. The report to be filed shall be a confirmed copy of the original report made by the person, firm association, corporation, or state agency who analyzed the water.
New wells installed within East Brunswick Township are required to be certified by the Township Health Officer or his agent, prior to use. Certification is based on compliance with all provisions contained in the previous sections of this ordinance.
Any well driller violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500) or be imprisoned for a term of not more than ninety (90) days, or both, for each offense, as the court may direct. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during which a violation occurs or continues.