[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township as Title 5, Ch. 10, of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Code enforcement — See Ch. 108.
Fees — See Ch. 140.
Sewers and sewage — See Ch. 256.
Editor's Note: This chapter was adopted 4-13-1953 by Ord. No. 259 and amended 11-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1146 and 9-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1165.
The following words or phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this chapter except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning.
- Except in the case of the free-flowing wells, capacity is construed to mean the daily capacity of the pumps installed and not the contemplated draft.
- CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT
- Person or persons duly authorized by the Board of Commissioners to enforce the various provisions of the Township ordinances and codes, and as used herein shall be deemed to include any deputy or representative of said Department.
- All acts necessary to construction of wells, such as drilling, boring, coring, washing, digging, driving or jetting. This shall not apply to drilling of blast holes in quarries or to cored holes 3 1/2 inches or less in diameter drilled for exploration or investigation.
- A corporation, partnership, municipal authority, or association, as well as a natural person.
- UNDERGROUND WATERS
- Water or underground streams, channels, artesian basins, and other bodies of water in and under the ground, whether percolating or otherwise.
- Any excavation that is drilled, cored, bored, washed, driven, dug or otherwise constructed for the location, diversion, or acquisition of underground waters or charging of water into underground strata.
- WELL DRILLER
- Any water well contractor, his employee or representative in responsible charge of drilling or otherwise constructing a well.
It shall be unlawful for any person to locate, drill, or have drilled any well, to install or to have installed any related pumping equipment, to alter an existing well or its pumping equipment until a permit for such location, drilling, installation, or alteration shall have been issued by the Code Enforcement Department.
No new well and its related powered pumping system shall be placed in operation, and no new dwelling, building or addition thereto which must rely on such system for water supply shall be sold or occupied until the Code Office shall have issued a certificate indicating that such well and pumping system have been located and constructed in accordance with the terms of the permit issued.
Where the capacity of any new well or wells or the total capacity of old and new wells on or for use on one property is in excess of 10,000 gallons per day or where close spacing of wells in an area so dictates in taking action on applications, the Code Enforcement Officer shall have the authority to impose such conditions and make such requirements and limitations as may be necessary to protect the people of the Township and the applicant and may issue limited or revocable permits for such wells.
No well shall be drilled nor shall any existing well be used for the purpose of disposal of domestic or industrial waste.
All well drillers shall, upon completion of the drilling of any well, file a report in the form to be supplied by the Code Enforcement Department.
The owner of any well shall, upon abandonment of any existing well or test hole, effectively seal and fill such wells and test holes in accordance with rules prescribed by the Department. A well not in operation for three or more years or improperly maintained to prevent contamination may be deemed to have been abandoned.
Fees shall be charged in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by the Board of Commissioners and found in Chapter 140, Fees, Rates and Permits, of the Upper Moreland Code.
Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be liable, on conviction therefor, to pay a fine not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each and every offense, and whenever such persons or person shall have been notified by the Code Official or by the Code Enforcement Department by service of a summons in prosecuting or in any other way that he is committing such violation, each day thereafter that he continues and persists in such violation shall constitute a separate offense. Such fines or penalties shall be collected as fines are now collected by law.