Register July 2015 No. 715
Chapter NR 123
WELL COMPENSATION PROGRAM
Purpose and duties of the department.
Determination of contamination.
Allocation of funds.
Denial of claims.
Termination of awards.
Eligibility of claimant.
Eligible and ineligible costs.
Issuance of an award or proceed notice.
Amount of award.
Ch. NR 123 Note
Note: Chapter NR 123 was created by emergency rule effective January 1, 1985. Chapter NR 123 was repealed and created by emergency rules effective January 1, 1986. Chapter NR 123 as it existed March 31, 1986, was repealed and a new chapter NR 123 was created effective April 1, 1986.
NR 123.01 Purpose and duties of the department. NR 123.01(1)(1)
The purpose of this chapter is to establish rules, under s. 281.75
, Stats., for the implementation and administration of a financial assistance program for the replacement of contaminated private water supplies.
Establish, by rule, procedures for the submission, review and approval of claims under this chapter.
Assist claimants in submitting applications for compensation under this chapter.
Establish casing and liner depth and other construction requirements for a new or reconstructed private water supply.
NR 123.01 History
Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363
, eff. 4-1-86; am. (1), Register, February, 1991, No. 422
, eff. 3-1-91; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, November, 1999, No. 527
NR 123.02 Applicability.
This chapter applies to contaminated private water supplies compensable under s. 281.75
, Stats. Well compensation grants awarded prior to August 9, 1989 are governed by s. 281.75
, Stats., and this chapter as they existed on August 8, 1989. This chapter does not apply to contamination which is compensable under subch. II of ch. 107
, Stats., or s. 293.65 (4)
, or 295.61 (8)
NR 123.02 History
Cr. Register, March, 1986, No. 363
, eff. 4-1-86; am. Register, February, 1991, No. 422
, eff. 3-1-91; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, November, 1999, No. 527
; CR 13-057: am. Register July 2015 No. 715, eff. 8-1-15; correction made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register July 2015 No. 715.
Advisory" means a written opinion, issued by the department, containing a specific descriptive reference to the well or private water supply and recommending that the well or private water supply not be used because of potential human health risks.
“Alternate water supply" means a supply of potable water obtained in bottles, by tank truck or by other similar means, or a temporary connection to an existing private water supply, supplied at a capacity sufficient to satisfy water use functions impaired by the contaminated private water supply.
“Approval" means a written approval of the department.
“Connection to an existing private water supply" means a connection to an existing private water supply that tests free from coliform bacteria, and is not a contaminated private water supply.
“Contaminated well" or “contaminated private water supply"means a well or a private water supply which:
Produces water containing one or more substances of public health concern, other than bacteria or nitrates, in excess or a primary maximum contaminant level promulgated in the national drinking water standards in 40 CFR 141
Produces water containing one or more substances of public health concern, other than bacteria or nitrates, in excess of an enforcement standard established in ch. NR 140
Is subject to an advisory for substances other than bacteria or nitrates; or
Is a livestock water supply or is a residential water supply which is used as a source of potable water for livestock as well as for a residence, and;
Is used at least 3 months each year and while in use provides an estimated average of more than 100 gallons per day for consumption by livestock; and
Produces water containing nitrates in excess of 40 parts per million expressed as nitrate-nitrogen.
“Department" means the department of natural resources.
“Dwelling unit" means a principal or part-time residence such as a second home or vacation or recreation residence.
A claimant who has a lease with a property owner with provisions for the lessee to perform property improvements; or
A claimant who has a lease with a property owner and who has secured the property owner's permission for improvement of the private water supply through the owner's signature on the claim form or a letter from the owner.
“Livestock water supply" means a well which is used as a source of potable water only for livestock and which is:
Approved by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection for grade A milk production under s. 97.24
, Stats.; or
“Municipality" means a city, town, village, county, county or other utility district, or town sanitary district.
“Municipal water supply" means a private or public water supply owned or operated by a municipality.
“Not feasible" means not physically, mechanically or functionally possible.
“Plumbing" means that portion of the water distribution piping extending from the well to the various distribution points of use.
“Private water supply" means a residential water supply or a livestock water supply.
“Public water supply" means a system used for human consumption, if such system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days out of the year.