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Yes, provided it is a laboratory certified to perform and report the results of a bacterial examination of water. Also, trained laboratory personnel must actually go out to the home site, collect the sample for analysis and report laboratory test results as negative for bacterial contamination. While a CO can be released before results are known, Public Health will also collect samples and send them to the State Laboratory of Public Health for analysis of nitrates and inorganic constituents. Because high levels of nitrates can pose significant health risks for certain populations, it is good practice to wait for these results before using well water to make food or formula for infants and children.
No, however, an Environmental Health Specialist must have access and clearance enough to determine (be able to see) the location of property lines, and the proposed structure(s) and driveway in relation to property lines.
You are not required to get a permit to construct an irrigation well for single-family residential use, however, state regulations require that all wells be located and constructed so as to protect our groundwater resources.
Environmental Health Specialists are normally available in the office between 7:30 to 9 am and 4 to 4:30 pm.
This is a two-step process because often before buying property, individuals want to ascertain that construction and use of a septic system can be permitted on the property. First, an application is made to Public Health to conduct a site/soil evaluation of the property with at least some general idea of what the buyer or property owner plans to construct. If something other than a single-family residence is proposed, then Public Health will need to know more details in order to estimate the daily amount of wastewater a septic system must have the capacity to support. After analysis of the available space and soil characteristics, a general determination can be made with this information as to whether or not an Improvement Permit (1st step) can be issued specifically to this parcel of land. The second step, securing an Authorization to Construct can proceed when the owner can provide a detailed site plan and specifics as to how the proposed structure(s) will be used. Normally, an Improvement Permit and Construction Authorization specific to a parcel of land states the expiration as five years from the date of issue.
Environmental Health Specialists who have many years of experience working with food safety regulations are assigned the task of reviewing restaurant kitchen plans before the project is released for the issue of building permits. The reason: We can better help business owners set themselves up for success if we work together on paper ahead of brick and mortar activities.