This chapter requires all owners of nonresidential potable and nonpotable 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 chapter are intended to protect the health of consumers of well water in the Township of Bridgewater, provide information to enable the community to monitor groundwater quality and assure that all new potable water wells meet certain construction and water quality standards.
The words, terms or phrases listed below for the purpose of this chapter shall be defined and interpreted as follows:
- CERTIFIED LABORATORY
- 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.
- NONPOTABLE-WATER WELL
- Any well that is not used for potable water purposes. Examples of nonpotable wells include water used for cooling, processing, irrigating or other similar uses.
- NONRESIDENTIAL WELL
- 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 nonresidential water supplies include commercial offices, industrial buildings, commercial shops and retail stores, motels, hotels, trailer camps, 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.
- PITLESS WELL ADAPTER
- 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
- 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.
- POTABLE WATER
- Any water used for drinking or culinary purpose.
- RESIDENTIAL WATER SUPPLY
- A water supply used for potable or domestic purposes in a family residence.
All owners of nonresidential wells in Bridgewater Township are required, at their expense, to have an annual certified laboratory test of their well water for the following volatile organic compounds:
All testing shall be performed by a laboratory that is certified by the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 9-19-2011 by Ord. No. 11-22]
The laboratory technique to be used will be the United States Environmental Protection Agency Method 524.2 for organic chemical analysis.
Initial testing. Within 90 days after adoption of this chapter, a certified copy of the required written laboratory test results shall be furnished to the Bridgewater Division of Health by all nonresidential well owners.
Annual testing. Each calendar year thereafter, commencing in 1985, 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 November 1.
Certification form required. Within the provisions of this chapter, any person collecting a well water sample for submission to a laboratory shall complete and sign a form to be provided by the Division of Health. The form shall include, among other things, a list of instructions to be followed by the collector, sampling data and a statement to be signed certifying the location of the sample. The completed certificate shall be forwarded to the Division of Health with the laboratory test results.
Collection requirements for handlers of volatile organics. All persons, corporations or firms that transport, receive, store or otherwise handle volatile organic compounds shall be required to have their well water sample collected and analyzed by either a representative from the laboratory performing the analysis or by a representative of the Bridgewater Division of Health.
Option to have collection and analysis performed by the Township: Any owner of a nonresidential well may request that the Township Division of Health perform the necessary collection and laboratory service for a fee which shall reflect the actual cost of New Jersey certified laboratory analysis.
[Amended 9-19-2011 by Ord. No. 11-22]