What are the risks of non-compliance?

The greatest risk of not complying with the Ordinance is that our groundwater supply may become contaminated and threaten the health of our residents. Our communities may no longer be considered healthy and desirable places to live and conduct business. We must ensure this does not occur.

No one would intentionally contaminate the groundwater, but sometimes our lack of knowledge or carelessness can be just as damaging. If contaminants do reach the groundwater, the responsible business would be required to pay for the cleanup. The costs can be very high. Failure to comply with the Ordinance may also subject businesses to enforcement action including fines up to $1,500 per day. Our goal is cooperation and compliance. If businesses, public water supplies, and the Health Department work together, we can maintain the quality of our drinking water supplies with minimal impact on business operations.

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1. Why is protection important?
2. Is my business in a Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA)?
3. Do I need a Wellhead Protection Permit to operate my business?
4. What are the risks of non-compliance?
5. Where can I get more information?
6. How can I obtain a Wellhead Protection (WHP) permit?