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Town of Saratoga
Local Law No. 1 of the year 2006
A local law amending the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Saratoga (LL #1 of 1981).
Be it enacted by the Town Board of the
(Name of Legislative Body)
Town of Saratoga as follows:
Local Law No. 1 of 1981 of the Town of Saratoga, the Zoning Ordinance, is hereby amended in the following respects:
Article IV – Regulations - is amended by adding a new Section 9 as follows:
SECTION 9 – WATER REGULATIONS
A. Requirements for building permit:
The applicant for a building permit for new construction must either be within an established New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved water service area and have a water main extension agreement or have evidence of a valid water contract with a water company or evidence of the potability and availability of water from a well. The well, therefore, must be drilled, driven, or dug, and proven and tested prior to issuance of a building permit for any structure.
B. Regulations for residential water wells:
1. General. A private water supply well to serve an individual lot shall be developed and tested in accordance with Appendix 5-B of the Regulations of the New York State Department of Health (as approved November 23, 2005, or as thereafter amended), and all New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Department of Health standards.
2. Types of Water Supply. Studies show that drilled wells are less likely to become contaminated, so drilled wells are the most preferred. Driven wells may also be acceptable if prevalent soil conditions make their use feasible. Dug wells will be allowed if it is an adequate supply and the well design and installation are certified by a qualified licensed professional.
3. Quantity Requirements. All wells shall be tested for yield and drawdown for at least a four-hour stabilized duration by a certified National Groundwater Association well driller, qualified hydrogeologist or qualified licensed professional, and a minimum sustaining well yield of five gallons per minute shall be obtained. The testing shall also document minimal well interference with existing wells within 200 feet of the proposed well. Wherever five gallons
per minute cannot be obtained, well interference is evident, or the area is known or suspected of
having low-yielding wells, all proposed water supply systems shall be designed by a certified National Groundwater Association well driller or qualified licensed professional, and the required testing shall follow the guidelines below.
a) For a single-family home on an individual lot or any residential subdivision, a four-hour stabilized water drawdown pump test shall be run by a certified National Groundwater Association well driller or supervised by a qualified licensed professional or qualified hydrogeologist. Said test shall yield a minimum of two gallons per minute to demonstrate a minimally adequate yield and have sufficient storage as designed by a certified National Groundwater Association well driller or a qualified licensed professional. The well casing may not be considered part of storage. The well pump shall be sized or restricted to pump no more than the stabilized well flow rate.
4. Quality Requirements. Compliance with drinking water standards shall be established by examination of samples submitted to a laboratory approved for such purpose by the State Commissioner of Health. The sample must test negative for any amount of coliform bacteria.