Township of Branchburg, NJ
Somerset County
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[Ord. #BH 20]
A code regulating the location, construction, alteration, use and supervision of individual and semipublic water supplies, requiring certain licenses, providing for the inspection of such supplies, the fixing of fees and prescribing penalties for violations is hereby adopted pursuant to Chapter 188, P.L. 1950 (N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 69.6). A copy of the code is annexed hereto and made a part hereof without inclusion of the text thereof herein.
[Ord. #BH 20]
The code established and adopted by this chapter is described and commonly known as the Individual and Semipublic Water Supply Code of New Jersey (1966).
[Ord. #BH 20]
Three copies of the Individual and Semipublic Water Supply Code of New Jersey (1966) have been placed on file in the office of the secretary, clerk or other similar officer of this board of health upon the introduction of this chapter and will remain on file in the office of the use and examination of the public.
[Ord. #BH 20]
No person shall locate, construct or alter any water supply until a license for the location, construction or alteration of the water supply shall have been issued by the board of health.
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The board of health may issue such a certificate providing the following requirements are met.
a. 
A completed well record is submitted in writing by the licensed well driller. This record shall include his or her signature which attests to the fact that the well was located and constructed in accordance with the requirements of the code.
b. 
A sample of the well water, as collected by the board of health, has been found to meet the bacteriological quality standards of the New Jersey State Potable Water Substitute Standards.
[Ord. #BH 20]
In case any license or certification required by this chapter is denied by the board of health, a hearing shall be held thereon before the board within 15 days after request therefor is made by the applicant and upon such hearing the board of health shall affirm, alter or rescind its previous determination and take action accordingly within 15 days after the date of such hearing.
[Ord. #BH 20]
The board of health may order all further work in and about any water supply, which is being erected or installed in violation of the code, to be stopped forthwith, except such work as shall be necessary to remedy such violation, and thereafter, the work continued without any violation of any of the provisions of the code, and after issuance of any such order and the service of a copy thereof upon any person connected with or working in and about the erection or installation of any such water supply, or any part thereof, no further work shall be done thereon except as aforesaid.
[Ord. #BH 20, S8; Ord. #BH-2011-66]
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Editor's Note: Former section BH3-8, Fees and Charges, previously codified herein was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. BH-2011-66. See subsection BH8-1.1c for fees.
[Ord. #BH 98-48; Ord. #BH-2011-66]
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance No. BH:29.
This section requires all owners of nonresidential wells both, potable and non-potable within the township to test their water annually for certain toxic chemicals and report the laboratory test results to the township board of health, and also regulated the certification of all new potable water wells. The regulations provided in this section are intended to: 1) protect the health of consumers of well water in the Township of Branchburg, 2) provide information to enable the community to monitor groundwater quality, and 3) assure that all new potable water wells meet certain water quality standards.
The words, terms or phrases listed below for the purpose of this section shall be defined and interpreted as follows:
CERTIFIED LABORATORY
Shall mean a laboratory certified by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection (Pursuant N.J.A.C. 7:18 et seq.) to conduct testing for individual hazardous contaminants.
NON-POTABLE WATER WELL
Shall mean any well that is not used for potable water purposes. Examples of non-potable wells include water used for cooling, processing, irrigating and other uses for which potable water is not necessary.
NONRESIDENTIAL POTABLE WELL
Shall mean a well which is not used exclusively to provide water for residences but which is intended to provide potable water. Examples of nonresidential water supplies include commercial offices, industrial buildings, schools, commercial shops and retail stores, hotels, motels, trailer camps, food establishments, gasoline service stations, day care facilities, houses of worship, boarding and rooming homes, clubhouses, camps of all types, health care institutions and others.
PITLESS WELL ADAPTER
Shall mean 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.
PITLESS WELL UNIT
Shall mean a pre-assembled 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 water system components within the well.
POTABLE WATER
Shall mean any water used for drinking or culinary purposes.
RESIDENTIAL WATER SUPPLY
Shall mean a water supply used for potable or domestic purposes in a family residence or for farm livestock.
All owners of nonresidential wells in Branchburg Township are required, at their expense, to have a New Jersey State Certified Laboratory test their well water by one of the following methods:
a. 
For potable wells EPA Method 524.2 calibrated for xylenes and including MTBE.
b. 
For non-potable wells EPA Method 624 calibrated for xylenes and including MTBE.
a. 
Annual testing. Each calendar year a copy of a certified written laboratory test report shall be provided to the board of health no later than November 1.
a. 
Collection requirements for handlers of volatile organics. Any person, corporation or firm that transports, receives, stores or otherwise handles volatile organic compounds shall be required to have their well water sample collected by a representative from the laboratory performing the analysis. Furthermore, the laboratory performing the analysis shall provide a "chain of custody" form to the board of health. This form shall contain the name of the technician who sampled the water, where and when the sample was taken, when the sample arrived at the laboratory, and by whom the analysis was done and shall in all other respects comply with all State requirements.
No potable water well shall be located, constructed or used in the Township of Branchburg until a permit has been issued by the board of health.
The permit fee shall be $75.
All potable water wells shall be constructed in strict compliance with State regulations as set forth and known as "Standards for Construction of Public Non-Community and Non-Public Water Systems" (N.J.A.C. 7:10-12.1 et seq.).
A pitless adapter or pitless unit shall be provided on every new potable water well constructed.
No potable water well shall be placed in service until the board of health approves the well and has issued a permit for its use.
a. 
Laboratory testing. Before a well may be approved for use, the well water shall be sampled and analyzed by a NJDEP certified laboratory at the property owner's expense. The tests to be performed are: Volatile Organics- EPA Method 524.2, Bacteria, pH, Hardness, Iron, Manganese, and Nitrates.
b. 
Certification by the well-driller. A written certificate of compliance shall be provided to the board of health before any potable water well can be placed into service. The form shall be provided by the board of health and will include a statement to be signed by the well-driller indicating that he or she has constructed the well in compliance with all State standards as set forth in subsection BH3-9.8 of this section.
c. 
Well water to meet State drinking water standards and guidelines. No well water supply shall be approved by the board of health if the water fails to meet current New Jersey drinking water quality standards of guidelines.
The penalty for a violation of this section shall be not more than $1,000 nor less than $50. Each day that a violation of this section continues to exist shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.