Town of Fishkill, NY
Dutchess County
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This chapter shall be known as the "Private Well Testing."
It is hereby determined that:
Land use activities, particularly those involving the discharge into groundwater of contaminants potentially harmful to human health within the Town of Fishkill and surrounding areas, have given rise to periodic, localized adverse impacts upon groundwater sources for private wells not under the regulation of minimum water quality standards of Part 5 of the New York State Sanitary Code ("Sanitary Code");
Unknowing exposure to these contaminants resulting from the use of private wells presents a stealth local health risk which can be lessened at the local governmental level through means of compulsory testing of private wells not otherwise covered by Part 5 of the Sanitary Code and the maintenance and dissemination of test results which, at a minimum, will provide available sources of notice to members of the public who might reasonably be expected to consume or make use of water supplied from potentially contaminated private wells in the Town; and
In addition to promoting the health of actual individuals in the direct zone of protection of this chapter, as aforesaid, compulsory private well testing, maintenance of findings, dissemination of findings, and related recordkeeping of resulting data will promote the public health, safety and welfare of the Town of Fishkill, and surrounding area, by providing an informational aid to regulatory agencies directly involved in the identification, investigation and remediation, where appropriate, of groundwater contamination threatening public health.