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    Well construction standards

    I'm looking for some good example ordinances for drinking water/private well construction. Here in PA, well drilling is not regulated and it is up to local government to create any regulations they would like.
    Are there pitfalls you would see with creating this ordinance? Are there things you have seen work/not work?
    Do you have any outstanding examples?
    Thanks in advance!

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    There are specific data that you need to consider in well drilling. The designed yield that the pump operates at certain depths and type of soil strata will create drawdown in the aquifer. This will create trouble between two wells that are very close to each other. Check on the pump test reports of those existing wells nearby your area.

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    In my experiences, this is not a land use/zoning issue. Leave it to the environmental health professionals.

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    The problem we're experiencing in the area, according to township managers, is that well drillers can put wells right next to each other and as many as they'd like. There are no construction standards, such as requiring grouting and sanitary seals.
    At the least, we'd like to make sure that our residents are getting safe drinking water and that the wells are not piping surface liquids into aquifers. This type of thing is not regulated at the state level... at all!

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    Quote Originally posted by Clore View post
    The problem we're experiencing in the area, according to township managers, is that well drillers can put wells right next to each other and as many as they'd like. There are no construction standards, such as requiring grouting and sanitary seals.
    At the least, we'd like to make sure that our residents are getting safe drinking water and that the wells are not piping surface liquids into aquifers. This type of thing is not regulated at the state level... at all!
    Oh, the more you should have to regulate. Although its not a zoning issue as RJ mentioned, there should have to be a legislator coming from Local Waterworks Authority. Samples have to be taken out for potable testing ensuring ph water quality is maintained. Some wells yield hardness and lots of minerals that are harmful when taken. Please reconsider those issues.

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