Action Item 2.1.4.4: Monitoring private wells

Create better incentives and systems to ensure private well owners also monitor and report on their wells.1
  • 1. Consider a requirement for private irrigation wells in Zone IIs to meter and report their water use during periods when the Water District limits or prohibits watering. At some point water use monitoring for private wells may be required by our DEP water withdrawal permit, and count against the town’s withdrawal limit.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Regulatory?: 
Yes
Influence?: 
Yes
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Board of Health<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups
Health Department
Water Resources Advisory Committee

Comments

from ACES: Please add WRAC and ACES as other owners. Private wells for irrigation that are in Zone IIs should be required to meter their water use during periods when the Water Districts limits or prohibits watering, and this usage should be reported to the Water District and Health Dept. At some point water use monitoring for private wells may be required by our DEP water withdrawal permit, and count against the town’s withdrawal limit.