In order to retain registration as a well driller or pump installer a person shall apply for registration renewal and pay the required permit fees annually on or before January 1 of each year.
The permit fees required for registration application or annual renewal are as follows:
A person who files an application for registration renewal or who fails to pay the required annual permit fees after January 1 shall pay a late penalty of $15.
All permits so issued shall expire on December 31 and shall not be transferable.
No person, firm or corporation shall be granted a permit to engage in well drilling unless said applicant has had at least 2 years of experience in well drilling with a registered well driller, provided that this requirement shall not apply to persons, firms or corporations, who are registered as well drillers on August 14, 1953.
No person is required to obtain a permit under this section for driving, digging or otherwise obtaining groundwater supply on real estate owned or leased by that person, but the well and the work done thereon shall comply and be in conformity with the law and the rules promulgated by the department.
History: 1983 a. 27
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.15; 1999 a. 85
Prohibition on use of certain devices in wells. 280.16(1)(1)
In this section, "pitless adapter" means a device that attaches a well casing pipe to an underground pipe that conveys water from the well.
No person may install a pitless adapter that extends into the inside of a well casing pipe except if the sand screen is permanently attached to the bottom of a well casing pipe that is constructed of polyvinyl chloride. Only individuals registered under s. 280.15
may install pitless adapters.
History: 1997 a. 122
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the construction of wells where the water is used only for stock watering and other similar domestic purposes and is not used for human consumption.
History: 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.17.
No registration or permit to engage in the well drilling or pump installing industry shall be required by competent sanitary engineers or by superintendents of waterworks systems in the preparations of plans and specifications or in supervising the installation of wells and water systems for the obtaining of supplies of groundwater, but all such plans and specifications shall conform to all requirements established by the department.
History: 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.19.
Local authority. 280.21(1)(1)
The department may authorize counties to adopt ordinances under s. 59.70 (6) (b)
, relating to the enforcement of this chapter and rules of the department under this chapter. The department shall establish by rule standards for approval of ordinances and enforcement programs. Among other things, the rules may:
Include personnel, training, reporting and other requirements;
Establish separate standards for different categories of wells and enforcement actions;
Require approval by the department before a variance may be granted; and
Establish exemptions from licensing or alternate licensing requirements for replacement of a pump in an emergency.
(2) Private wells.
The department shall define by rule "private well" and "private wells" as used in this section and s. 59.70 (6)
. The definition may not include wells for which plans and specifications must be submitted to the department for approval prior to construction or installation.
The department shall provide training and technical assistance to local government employees and agents for implementation of this section and s. 59.70 (6)
. The department may charge each county which receives training and technical assistance a fee for those services. Fees may not exceed the department's actual costs of providing the services.
(4) Review and audit.
The department shall review and audit periodically each ordinance and program adopted under s. 59.70 (6)
to ascertain compliance with this chapter and with rules of the department under this chapter. If an ordinance or related program is not in compliance, the department may revoke the authority of the county to enforce the ordinance. Revocation may be made only pursuant to written department findings made after a public hearing held in the county upon 30 days advance notice to the clerk of the local unit of government.
(5) Concurrent enforcement.
The department may enforce this chapter and rules of the department under this chapter that are covered by an ordinance adopted under s. 59.70 (6)
, in the county with the ordinance, if the department is engaged in audit or review activities, if there is reasonable cause to believe that the ordinance or related enforcement program of the county is not in compliance under sub. (4)
or if the department determines that there are special circumstances requiring concurrent enforcement. The department shall continue to enforce this chapter and rules of the department under this chapter that are not covered by an ordinance in counties with ordinances adopted under s. 59.70 (6)
History: 1983 a. 410
; 1995 a. 201
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.21.
Any person, firm or corporation who engages in or follows the business or occupation of, or advertises or holds himself, herself or itself out as or acts temporarily or otherwise as a well driller or pump installer without having first secured the required permit or certificate of registration or renewal thereof, or who otherwise violates any provision of this chapter, shall be fined not less than $10 or more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both. Each day during which a violation continues shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, and may be punished separately.
History: 1993 a. 482
; 1995 a. 227
; Stats. 1995 s. 280.97; 1997 a. 27