[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 6-19-1975 by Ord. No. 297-75 as Section 4-16 of Chapter IV of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Passaic, 1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In the interpretation and application of this chapter, the provisions hereof 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 preserve the water sources in the city for the general good and to ensure that water drawn from wells is free from deleterious substances when the same are to be used for human consumption.
WELL — An excavation, whether drilled, bored or cored, for water or in the exploration of water. Drive-point wells or hand-dug wells are included within this definition.
- WELL DRILLER
- A person, firm, association or corporation who engages in the drilling, digging, driving, boring, coring, construction, altering or repairing of any well.
No person, firm, association or corporation shall drill, dig, bore, core or excavate a well and no person shall allow, permit or suffer the drilling, digging, boring, coring or excavation of a well on premises owned or occupied by him without having first obtained a license therefor from the Health Department. Application for such license shall be made upon forms supplied by the Board of Health. A fee of $5 shall be paid to the Board of Health upon the filing of a completed application. If the Health Department shall be of the opinion that the proposed well will not create a condition inimical to the public health, safety and welfare, a license for such well shall be granted.
Within 60 days of the completion of the drilling of any well, a report shall be filed by the well driller with the Health Department, giving the log (i.e. description of materials penetrated), the size and depth of the well, whose casing shall not be less than 20 feet in length, 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 and operation of the well as may be required by the Board of Health. 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 with the report submitted to the Division of Water Policy and Supply of the State Department of Conservation and Economic Development, as required by N.J.S.A. 58:4A-14 and amendments thereto, and may be submitted to the Health Department on the forms prescribed by the Division of Water Policy and Supply.
Within 10 days of the completion of any well, the water from which is intended for human consumption, the well driller or owner shall file a report of the analysis of the water from the well with the Health Department which will reflect a finding that the water from the well is satisfactory for human consumption. This report shall be a confirmed copy of the original report made by the person, firm, association, corporation or state agency who analyzed the water.
Whenever the Board of Health shall have satisfactory evidence that any well, the water of which is used for human consumption, has become polluted and rendered unsafe for use, notice to discontinue the use of such polluted water shall be sent to the owner or person in charge of such well and at the discretion of the Health Officer, the owner or person in charge of such well may be ordered by the Health Officer to withdraw from the well the well tube, pump or any other contrivance used for the purpose of drawing the water in such well to the surface and to close or fill up the well. If the order is not complied with within the time specified in the notice, this chapter shall be deemed to have been violated, and the Health Officer may proceed to cause the well to be closed, filled up and rendered useless and the tube, pump or other contrivance used for the purpose of drawing water in the well to the surface removed and withdrawn therefrom and destroyed. The Board of Health or any of its officers shall have the right and privilege at all times of entering upon any premises whereon there exists a private well, the water of which is used for human consumption or the purpose of taking therefrom samples of the water for analysis, and the cost and expense of making such analysis shall be paid for by the person maintaining such private well; and no person shall hereafter, either directly or indirectly, use the water from any well within the city for any domestic purpose without first notifying the Health Department of his intention to do so, in order that the Board of Health may cause the proper analysis of the water to be made.