Pure drinking water
Pure drinking water; powers of department.
Additional powers of department.
Prohibition on use of certain devices in wells.
Ch. 280 Note
NOTE: 1995 Wis. Act 227
renumbered the provisions of chs. 144, 147, 159 and 162, Stats. 1993-94, to be chs. 280-299, Stats. 1995-96. For a table tracing former section numbers see the Addenda & Errata at the end of Volume 5.
In this chapter:
"Pump installer" means any person, firm or corporation who has duly registered as such with the department and shall have paid the annual registration fee and obtained a permit to engage in pump installing as herein provided.
"Pump installing" means the industry and procedure employed in the placement and preparation for operation of equipment and materials utilized in withdrawing or obtaining water from a well for consumption or use, including all construction involved in making entrance to the well and establishing such seals and safeguards as are necessary to protect such water from contamination.
"Well" means an excavation or opening into the ground made by digging, boring, drilling, driving or other methods for the purpose of obtaining groundwater for human consumption.
Pure drinking water; powers of department. 280.11(2)
In the conduct of any public hearing on the establishing, amending or repealing of any such standards or rules, any employee designated by the department may act for the department in holding such public hearing.
History: 1975 c. 39
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.11.
Employ a competent supervisor to supervise and inspect all well drilling and pump installing operations and aid in the enforcement of all laws and rules governing the well drilling and pump installing industries. The department may also employ assistants, prescribe their respective qualifications and salaries and assign their duties.
Enter and inspect at reasonable hours wells and equipment thereof, all water supplies for human consumption on private or public property or may order necessary corrections and repairs of construction or may order discontinuances of any well and the use of its water, if found contaminated, polluted or unfit for human consumption. It may also disseminate information relative to the construction, source and protection of such water supply.
The department may on its own motion make investigations and conduct hearings and may, on its own motion or upon complaint in writing, duly signed and verified by the complainant, and upon not less than 10 days' notice to the well driller or pump installer, suspend or revoke as hereinafter provided any well driller's or pump installer's permit if said department has reason to believe or finds that the holder of such permit has:
Wilfully violated a second time any provision of this chapter or any rule, regulation or order prescribed by the department.
Been found guilty in any civil or criminal proceeding of any action constituting fraud in connection with the well driller's or pump installer's well drilling or pump installing operations.
One year after the date of revocation or thereafter application may be made for a new permit.
Well drilling and pump installing; registration; qualifications; fee. 280.15(1)(a)(a)
Except as provided under ss. 280.17
, no person may engage in the business of well drilling or pump installing in this state unless the person registers each place of business or retail outlet he or she operates as a well driller or pump installer and pays the required permit fee.
In order to retain registration as a well driller or pump installer a person shall apply for registration renewal and pay the required permit fees annually on or before January 1 of each year.
The permit fees required for registration application or annual renewal are as follows:
No person is required to obtain a permit under this section for driving, digging or otherwise obtaining groundwater supply on real estate owned or leased by that person, but the well and the work done thereon shall comply and be in conformity with the law and the rules promulgated by the department.
Prohibition on use of certain devices in wells. 280.17 History
History: 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.17.
The department may authorize counties to adopt ordinances under s. 59.70 (6) (b)
, relating to the enforcement of this chapter and rules of the department under this chapter. The department shall establish by rule standards for approval of ordinances and enforcement programs. Among other things, the rules may:
Establish separate standards for different categories of wells and enforcement actions;
Require approval by the department before a variance may be granted; and
Establish exemptions from licensing or alternate licensing requirements for replacement of a pump in an emergency.
(4) Review and audit.
The department shall review and audit periodically each ordinance and program adopted under s. 59.70 (6)
to ascertain compliance with this chapter and with rules of the department under this chapter. If an ordinance or related program is not in compliance, the department may revoke the authority of the county to enforce the ordinance. Revocation may be made only pursuant to written department findings made after a public hearing held in the county upon 30 days advance notice to the clerk of the local unit of government.
Any person, firm or corporation who engages in or follows the business or occupation of, or advertises or holds himself, herself or itself out as or acts temporarily or otherwise as a well driller or pump installer without having first secured the required permit or certificate of registration or renewal thereof, or who otherwise violates any provision of this chapter, shall be fined not less than $10 or more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both. Each day during which a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, and may be punished separately.