Union County Illinois

Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - Water Supply Code

Any per­son who vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of these reg­u­la­tions, which vio­la­tion con­sti­tutes a vio­la­tion of any rule, reg­u­la­tion, order or deter­mi­na­tion of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health of the State of Illi­nois, adopt­ed or made by said Depart­ment pur­suant to said Act, shall be, upon con­vic­tion, fined not less than Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) nor more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00) per vio­la­tion.  In addi­tion there­to, such per­sons may be enjoined from con­tin­u­ing such vio­la­tion.  Each day upon which such a vio­la­tion occurs shall con­sti­tute a sep­a­rate violation.

All com­po­nents of a new water well con­struc­tion and/or mod­i­fi­ca­tion shall be thor­ough­ly dis­in­fect­ed with a strong solu­tion which will yield a dosage of at least 100 parts per mil­lion to the water in the well.  After purg­ing the sys­tem of any chlo­rine resid­ual, a water sam­ple shall be tak­en and sat­is­fac­to­ry bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cal results, as con­firmed by a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry, shall be obtained pri­or to uti­liz­ing the water sys­tem for drink­ing and culi­nary purposes.

It shall be the duty of every own­er of every water well serv­ing a semi-pri­­­vate water sys­tem for more than one (1) res­i­dence to have the water there­in bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cal­ly ana­lyzed by a cer­ti­fied lab­o­ra­to­ry as required by the Health Author­i­ty for the pro­tec­tion of pub­lic health.  Such water shall also be bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cal­ly ana­lyzed when­ev­er the water lines are opened up for repair, replace­ment, or exten­sion of the water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem.  The water from a semi-pri­­­vate water sys­tem shall meet the nitrate, chem­i­cal and bac­te­ri­o­log­i­cal require­ments con­tained in the Drink­ing Water Sys­tems Code.

The Health Author­i­ty shall be noti­fied by tele­phone or in writ­ing at least forty-eight (48) hours pri­or to the com­mence­ment of any work to con­struct or deep­en a water well for which a per­mit has been issued, or to seal a water well, bor­ing, or mon­i­tor­ing well.  The Health Author­i­ty shall be allowed access to any prop­er­ty for the pur­pose of per­form­ing inspec­tion of the water well con­struc­tion or to inspect the seal­ing of wells or to inves­ti­gate aban­doned wells.

A water well shall not be placed into oper­a­tion until the instal­la­tion of the water well and its com­po­nents has been inspect­ed to ver­i­fy com­pli­ance with applic­a­ble pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions and approval issued by the Health Author­i­ty.  To the degree prac­ti­cal and per­mit­ted by the Health Author­i­ty, the com­plet­ed instal­la­tion shall remain uncov­ered and/or acces­si­ble for inspec­tion pur­pos­es until approved by the Health Authority.

It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Water Well Con­trac­tor to noti­fy the Health Author­i­ty as required.

Upon inspec­tion by the Health Author­i­ty, if it is found that any pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions or any per­mit spec­i­fi­ca­tions for a stat­ed prop­er­ty have been vio­lat­ed, the Health Author­i­ty shall noti­fy the Water Well Con­trac­tor to make such spec­i­fied changes in the work to allow com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions and the per­mit.  If such changes are not made with­in a peri­od of time spec­i­fied by the Health Author­i­ty said per­mit shall be sus­pend­ed, and it shall be unlaw­ful to place the water well into operation.

No water well shall be con­struct­ed or deep­ened except in accor­dance with these reg­u­la­tions, and it shall be unlaw­ful to pro­ceed with such work unless a per­mit has first been obtained from the Health Author­i­ty.  A non-com­­­mu­ni­­­ty pub­lic water sup­ply shall not be oper­at­ed with­out first obtain­ing a per­mit from the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health.  The own­er shall main­tain all wells and pumps in a safe condition.

All appli­ca­tion for per­mits under the pro­vi­sions of these reg­u­la­tions shall be made in writ­ing and in such form as pre­scribed by the Health Author­i­ty.  Suf­fi­cient data shall be includ­ed to deter­mine whether the pro­posed appli­ca­tion for per­mit meets the require­ments of these regulations.

Upon sub­mis­sion of the appli­ca­tion for per­mit, includ­ing the plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the pro­posed water well or com­po­nent there­of, the Health Author­i­ty shall review said appli­ca­tion pri­or to issuance of a per­mit.  The Health Author­i­ty may require addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, which may include the loca­tion of the pri­vate sewage dis­pos­al system(s) and/or water well(s) on adja­cent prop­er­ties.  It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the appli­cant or an autho­rized agent of the appli­cant to obtain all nec­es­sary data and to design a sys­tem that shall meet the require­ments of these reg­u­la­tions.  If the Health Author­i­ty, upon review of said appli­ca­tion, finds that such appli­ca­tion meets the require­ments of these reg­u­la­tions, and upon pay­ment of the required fee, a per­mit shall be issued to the appli­cant.  Such per­mit shall include spec­i­fi­ca­tions spe­cif­ic to each pro­posed water well and shall include a state­ment as to any restric­tions relat­ing to the loca­tion, mate­ri­als, com­po­nents, or type of water well to be constructed.

It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the prop­er­ty own­er to obtain a per­mit before any con­struc­tion or deep­en­ing of a water well is begun.  Fail­ure of the prop­er­ty own­er to obtain said per­mit shall con­sti­tute a vio­la­tion of these regulations.

It shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the water well con­trac­tor to insure that a per­mit has been issued before any con­struc­tion or deep­en­ing of a water well is begun and to fol­low the con­di­tions of said per­mit.  Fail­ure of the water well con­trac­tor to insure said per­mit has been issued or to vio­late the con­di­tions of said per­mit shall con­sti­tute a vio­la­tion of these reg­u­la­tions.  All water well shall be con­struct­ed in accor­dance with the Illi­nois Water Well Con­struc­tion Code.  All indi­vid­u­als who con­struct water wells and install pumps shall be licensed by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health in accor­dance with the Water Well and Pump Instal­la­tion Contractor’s License Act (225 ILCS 345/1).

A per­mit to con­struct or deep­en a water well is valid for a peri­od of twelve (12) months from the date of issuance.  If con­struc­tion has not start­ed with­in this peri­od, the per­mit is void.  The per­mit may be rein­stat­ed at the dis­cre­tion of the Health Depart­ment Admin­is­tra­tor if the appli­cant pro­vides suf­fi­cient grounds.

A per­mit to con­struct or deep­en a water well shall not be required by the Health Author­i­ty when such well does or will serve a com­mu­ni­ty pub­lic water sys­tem or func­tion as a mon­i­tor­ing well.

Wells that are aban­doned shall be sealed in a man­ner pre­scribed by the Health Author­i­ty and the “Illi­nois Water Well Con­struc­tion Code”.  The Health Author­i­ty shall inspect aban­doned wells which have been sealed to deter­mine com­pli­ance with these reg­u­la­tions.  In ques­tion­able cas­es, the Health Author­i­ty shall make the deter­mi­na­tion as to whether a water well is con­sid­ered aban­doned, based upon the def­i­n­i­tion of an “aban­doned well” and the facts in each par­tic­u­lar case.

All premis­es intend­ed for human habi­ta­tion or occu­pan­cy shall be pro­vid­ed with a potable water sup­ply.  The potable water sup­ply shall not be con­nect­ed to non-potable water and shall be pro­tect­ed against back­flow and back­siphonage in accor­dance with the require­ments of the “Illi­nois Plumb­ing Code”.  Each potable water sup­ply shall pro­vide quan­ti­ties of water that are suf­fi­cient for the drink­ing, culi­nary and san­i­tary needs of the dwelling or premis­es served.  A min­i­mum sys­tem pres­sure of twen­ty (20) pounds per square inch shall be main­tained through­out each potable water supply.

All water sys­tems which receive their source of water from ponds, lakes, streams, rivers or oth­er sur­face col­lec­tors of water shall be designed, con­struct­ed, and oper­at­ed in accor­dance with the “Sur­face Water Treat­ment Code”.  No sur­face water shall be uti­lized as a potable water sup­ply unless the Health Author­i­ty has review and approved the sup­ply and its components.

Cis­terns are not a Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health rec­og­nized source of potable water for pri­vate use.  There­fore, indi­vid­u­als may install cis­terns with­out approval from the South­ern Sev­en Health Depart­ment.  The Health Author­i­ty is not allowed to test any water sam­ple from a pri­vate use cis­tern.  Cis­terns shall not be used as a potable water sup­ply for uses oth­er than pri­vate applications.

The use of cis­terns to serve the pub­lic (restau­rants, retail stores, camp­grounds, etc.) is pro­hib­it­ed, except where ade­quate ground­wa­ter resources are not avail­able.  Cis­tern water shall receive treat­ment in accor­dance with the “Sur­face Water Treat­ment Code”.  No cis­tern water shall be uti­lized as a pub­lic potable water sup­ply unless the Health Author­i­ty has reviewed and approved the sup­ply and its components.

In those loca­tions where a pub­lic water sup­ply is rea­son­ably avail­able, the sup­ply shall be the sole source of water for drink­ing and culi­nary pur­pos­es.  A pub­lic water sup­ply shall be deemed rea­son­ably avail­able when the sub­ject prop­er­ty is locat­ed with­in two hun­dred (200) feet of the pub­lic water sup­ply to which con­nec­tion is prac­ti­cal and is per­mit­ted by the con­trol­ling author­i­ty for said water supply.

In addi­tion to those pro­vi­sions set forth, these reg­u­la­tions shall be inter­pret­ed and enforced in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions set forth in the fol­low­ing statutes, rules, and reg­u­la­tions of the State of Illi­nois, Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and any sub­se­quent amend­ments or revi­sions there­to, which pub­li­ca­tions are incor­po­rat­ed here­in and adopt­ed by ref­er­ence as part of these regulations.

(A) Illi­nois Water Well Con­struc­tion Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 920

(B) Illi­nois Water Well Pump Instal­la­tion Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 925

(C) Pub­lic Area San­i­tary Prac­tice Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 895

(D) Drink­ing Water Sys­tems Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 900

(E) Sur­face Water Treat­ment Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 930

(F) Illi­nois Plumb­ing Code – 77 IL Adm. Code 890

Aban­doned Well” means a water or mon­i­tor­ing well which is no longer used to sup­ply water, or which is in such a state of dis­re­pair that the well or bor­ing has the poten­tial for trans­mit­ting con­t­a­m­i­na­tion into an aquifer or oth­er­wise threat­ens the pub­lic health or safety.

Cer­ti­fied Lab­o­ra­to­ry” means a lab­o­ra­to­ry oper­at­ed by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health or a lab­o­ra­to­ry giv­en cer­ti­fi­ca­tion approval by the afore­men­tioned agency for ana­lyz­ing sam­ples of water for potable use.

Com­mu­ni­ty Pub­lic Water” means a pub­lic water sys­tem which serves at least fif­teen (15) ser­vice con­nec­tions used by res­i­dents, or reg­u­lar­ly serves twen­­­ty-five (25) or more res­i­dents for at least six­ty (60) days per year.

Health Author­i­ty” means that per­son or per­sons des­ig­nat­ed by the South­ern Sev­en Board of Health to enforce these regulations.

Health Depart­ment” means the South­ern Sev­en Health Depart­ment, includ­ing its duly autho­rized representatives.

Health Depart­ment Admin­is­tra­tor” means the indi­vid­ual select­ed by the South­ern Sev­en Board of Health to admin­is­ter and enforce the poli­cies, reg­u­la­tions, and res­o­lu­tions of said Board.

Non-Com­­­mu­ni­­­ty Pub­lic Water Sys­tem” means a pub­lic water sys­tem, which is not a com­mu­ni­ty water sys­tem, and has at least fif­teen (15) ser­vice con­nec­tions used by non­res­i­dents, or reg­u­lar­ly serves twen­­­ty-five (25) or more non­res­i­dent indi­vid­u­als dai­ly for at least six­ty (60) days per year.

Potable Water” means water that is suit­able for human con­sump­tion and which meets pub­lic health stan­dards for drink­ing water.

Pub­lic Water Sys­tem” means a sys­tem, either non-com­­­mu­ni­­­ty or com­mu­ni­ty, that may include any treat­ment, stor­age and dis­tri­b­u­tion facil­i­ties under con­trol of the oper­a­tor of such sys­tem and used pri­mar­i­ly in con­nec­tion with such sys­tem and any col­lec­tion of pre­treat­ment stor­age facil­i­ties not under such con­trol which are used pri­mar­i­ly in con­nec­tion with such systems.

Pri­vate Water Sys­tem” means any sup­ply which pro­vides water for drink­ing culi­nary, and san­i­tary pur­pos­es and serves an own­er-occu­pied sin­gle fam­i­ly dwelling.

Semi-Pri­­­vate Water Sys­tem” means a water sup­ply that is not a pub­lic water sys­tem, yet serves a seg­ment of the pub­lic oth­er than an own­er-occu­pied sin­gle fam­i­ly dwelling.

Water Well” means an exca­va­tion that is drilled, cored, bored, washed, dri­ven, dug, jet­ted or oth­er­wise con­struct­ed when the intend­ed use is for the loca­tion, diver­sion, arti­fi­cial recharge or acqui­si­tion of ground­wa­ter.  This does not include petro­le­um-mon­i­­­tor­ing wells.

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