Township of Old Bridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Mosquito breeding control — See Ch. 284.
Nuisances — See Ch. 305.
Stormwater quality — See Ch. 432.
Water shortage emergency — See Ch. 519.
[Adopted by Ord. No. C-54 (Sec. 14-3 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances)]

§ 515-1 Unlawful activity.

It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with, damage, deface or destroy, in whole or in part, any meters, devices, pipes, valves, or any other article or piece of equipment or facility used in connection with the supplying of water in the Township; to interfere directly or indirectly with the normal usage of water meters, devices, pipes, valves or any other article or piece of equipment or facility used in connection with the supplying of water in the Township; and to tamper with, damage, deface, destroy or interfere with any personal property belonging to the Township Municipal Utilities Authority wherever the same may be located.
[Added 3-4-1985 by Ord. No. 14-85 (Sec. 19-11 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances)]

§ 515-2 Purpose.

This article requires all owners of nonresidential potable wells within the Township to test their water annually for certain toxic chemicals and report the laboratory test results to the Township Division of Health, and also regulates the construction and certification of all new potable water wells. The regulations provided in this article are intended to protect the health of consumers of well water in the Township of Old Bridge, provide information to enable the community to monitor groundwater quality and assure that all new potable wells meet certain construction and water quality standards.

§ 515-3 Definitions.

The words, terms or phrases listed below for the purpose of this article shall be defined and interpreted as follows:
A laboratory certified by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:18-1.1 et seq., to conduct testing for individual hazardous contaminants.
A water supply used for potable or domestic purposes in a family residence.
A device fabricated at the job site designed for attachment to one or more openings through a well casing and so constructed as to prevent the entry of contamination into the well or potable water, conduct water from the well, protect the water from freezing or extremes of temperature and provide access to water system components within the well.
A preassembled device which extends the upper end of a well casing to above grade, provided with a pitless well cap and so constructed as to prevent the entry of contamination into the well or potable water, conduct water from the well, protect the water from freezing or extremes of temperature and provide access to the well and to the water system components within the well.
Any water used for drinking or culinary purpose.
A well which is not used exclusively to provide water for domestic purposes. A water supply system from which potable water is supplied to customers, including employees, members, guests or the public at large. Examples of public noncommunity water supplies include commercial offices, industrial buildings, commercial shops and retail stores, motels, hotels, mobile home parks, food establishments, gasoline service stations, day facilities, houses of worship, boarding- and rooming houses, clubhouses, camps of all types, health-care institutions and similar uses.

§ 515-4 Annual testing required.

All owners of public noncommunity water systems in Old Bridge Township are required, at their expense, to have an annual certified laboratory test of their well water for the following volatile organic compounds:
Carbon tetrachloride
2-Chloroethyl vinyl ether
Methylene chloride
Vinyl chloride

§ 515-5 Testing by certified laboratory.

All testing shall be performed by a laboratory that is certified by the State of New Jersey.

§ 515-6 Method.

The laboratory technique to be used will be from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Method 624 shall be followed for organic chemical analysis.

§ 515-7 Frequency of testing.

Initial testing. Within 90 days after adoption of this article, a certified copy of the required written laboratory test results shall be furnished to the Old Bridge Division of Health by all nonresidential well owners.
Annual testing. Each calendar year thereafter, commencing in 1986, the required test shall be performed, and a copy of the written laboratory test report shall be provided to the Division of Health no later than April 1.

§ 515-8 (Reserved) [1]

Editor's Note: Former § 515-8, Collection of samples, was repealed 3-1-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-04.

§ 515-9 Permit required for construction of potable water wells.

No potable water well shall be located or constructed in the Township of Old Bridge until a permit has been issued by the Division of Health.

§ 515-10 Permit fee.

[Amended 4-2-1990 by Ord. No. 10-90]
The permit fee shall be $150.

§ 515-11 State standards to control well construction.

All potable water wells shall be constructed in strict compliance with state regulations as set forth and known as "Standards for Construction of Public Noncommunity and Nonpublic Water Systems" (N.J.A.C. 7:10-12.1 through 7:10-12.43 inclusive).

§ 515-12 Pitless adapters or pitless units required.

A pitless adapter or pitless unit shall be provided on every new potable water well constructed.

§ 515-13 Certification necessary before new well is placed in service.

No potable water well shall be placed in service until the Division of Health has issued a written certificate of approval to the owner of the property.

§ 515-14 Requirements for approval.

Laboratory testing. Upon notification by the property owner or well driller, a representative of the Division of Health will collect well water samples and submit the samples to a laboratory for testing. Tests shall include those volatile organics as listed in § 515-4 and a bacteriological examination.
Well water to meet state drinking-water standards and guidelines. No well-water supply shall be approved by the Division of Health if the water fails to meet current New Jersey drinking water quality standards and guidelines.

§ 515-15 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who violates any section or provision of this article shall be subject to a minimum penalty $100 and the maximum penalty set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute an additional, separate and distinct offense.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).