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Section 3 of the Oakland County Sanitary Code

Section 3:  Well Inspections

1. The Oakland County Health Division shall be authorized by the Health Officer to make well inspections and shall conduct predrilling site reviews for well sites. In order to avoid duplication of services and increased taxpayer cost, the Oakland County Health Division shall work with cities, villages, and townships that have been approved by the State of Michigan to administer and enforce the building codes in the State of Michigan. The Health Division shall accept inspection(s) or analyses regarding water potability, the proper construction, extensive change or repair, or abandonment of a water well if such inspection(s) or analysis(es) were conducted by a legally designated city, village, or township code enforcement official and if all of the following requirements are met:

A. 1) The city, village, or township employing the code enforcement official has adopted a local building, construction, health or safety code (e.g., Building Officials and Code Administrators building code) that regulates well construction, extensive change or repair, or abandonment utilizing requirements which are not less restrictive than those required under Part 127 of Public Act 368 of 1978, as amended, and administrative rules promulgated pursuant thereto; and

2) The inspection(s) was conducted by a person(s) who has been trained to conduct well inspections by the State of Michigan or through a program recognized as adequate by the State of Michigan; the inspection(s) include a satisfactory bacteriological and nitrate water sample report and a water well and pump record log; and the satisfactory bacteriological and nitrate water sample report are filed with the local building official or the Oakland County Health Division before an occupancy permit is issued. In the event of an unsatisfactory water test, a local unit of government may authorize a temporary occupancy permit which will allow for a safe alternative source of potable water; and

3) Any laboratory analysis of water or soil samples reflected, reported, or utilized in such city, village, or township inspection report(s) were conducted by a laboratory certified, licensed, or authorized by the State of Michigan to conduct such analysis; and

4) All local inspection documents are made available to the Oakland County Health Division upon request; and

5) All inspection reports indicating the existence of groundwater contamination or a failure to comply with Part 127 of Public Act 368 construction requirements shall be turned over to the Oakland County Health Division within 72 hours of the completion of the inspection.

B. The Oakland County Health Division shall provide Oakland County cities, villages, and townships who agree to participate with the Health Division in this Article's well notification and education program with educational packets, notification forms, well plugging (abandonment) forms, and other materials necessary or appropriate to facilitate their participation.

C. Any Oakland County real property owner or properly authorized representative of an Oakland County real property owner may request a Health Division inspection of their well for a fee established by Board of Commissioner resolution.

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