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Section 2 of the Oakland County Sanitary Code

Section 2:  Well Education Packet Required

A. The Oakland County Health Division shall produce an educational packet containing a map documenting areas of groundwater contamination, general information on well drilling, well maintenance, and a list of pertinent telephone numbers to assist persons requiring a new well or extensive repairs. The educational packet shall be made available to requesting individuals and, for the purpose of distribution to interested residents, to cities, villages, townships, and registered well drillers.

B. No person or governmental entity shall construct, extensively change or repair, or abandon a well without first acknowledging on a form provided for that purpose by the Oakland County Health Division the receipt of the educational packet developed pursuant to Subsection A, being Article X, Section 2.A. A registered well drilling contractor or a person licensed under Article 24 of Act 299 of the Public Acts of 1980, as amended, being sections 339.2401 to 339.2412 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, may acknowledge receipt of the educational packet on behalf of a well owner and shall, in such case, deliver the educational packet to the well owner.

C. Except in emergency situations as detailed in Subsection E, before constructing or extensively changing or repairing a well, a person or entity shall notify the Oakland County Health Division in writing of such intent to construct or extensively change or repair a well. Notification shall be made on a form provided for that purpose by the Oakland County Health Division. The form, which shall serve as an application for the permit required by Section 6 of this Article, shall require information sufficient to allow the Oakland County Health Division to conduct a predrilling site review for the proposed well and shall be filed with the Health Division not less than 48 hours prior to the time construction, extensive change or repair, or abandonment of the water supply is to begin.

D. A copy of the well log required by MCL 333.12707 and/or by Michigan Administrative Code rules promulgated pursuant thereto shall be submitted by a well drilling contractor to the Oakland County Health Division not later than 60 days after the completion of a well.

E. In the event an emergency arises where the lack of water will result in undue hardship and the offices of the Oakland County Health Division are closed or when a registered well drilling contractor is involved with minor repair work and conditions are discovered indicating that it is necessary (in order to avoid excessive cost or undue hardship) to immediately begin construction, extensive change, repair, or abandonment of a well, a registered well drilling contractor may begin construction, extensive change, repair, or abandonment of a well without prior notification or permitting. In such situations, by the close of business on the next regular county business day, the well drilling contractor shall notify the Oakland County Health Division of the work utilizing the "Well Action Notification/Permit Application Form" provided for that purpose by the Oakland County Health Division. The registered well drilling contractor or well owner shall acknowledge receipt of the educational packet, as provided in Subsection B, within five (5) business days of commencement of the emergency drilling action. Wells constructed or extensively changed or repaired prior to permitting under this Subsection shall meet state construction and potable water standards.

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