Action Item 2.1.4.5: Update private well standards

Update water quality standards for residential private wells, including provisions to decommission unused or noncompliant private wells according to Massachusetts DEP guidelines.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Regulatory?: 
Yes
Ripe?: 
Yes
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Lead Owner: 
Board of Health<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Health Department

Comments

From ACES: There should be provisions to decommission private wells, whether they are non-compliant or not. Some private well owners choose to hook into the public water supply when the main comes by their property, even if their well is compliant, in order to have a water supply during power outages. Decommissioning of wells should be performed in accordance with State guidelines, and Acton regulations need to be changed to include those guidelines.