Chapter 13.20


13.20.010    Private wells—Construction prohibited.

13.20.020    Private wells—Use restrictions.

13.20.030    Industrial wells.

13.20.040    Violation—Penalty.

13.20.010 Private wells—Construction prohibited.

No person, firm or corporation may drill, dig or install a water well in the city for any purpose whatsoever, save and except the Patterson City Water Company. (Ord. 348 § 1, 1981).

13.20.020 Private wells—Use restrictions.

No person, firm or corporation owning or operating a water well within the city, save and except the Patterson City Water Company, that was in existence at the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter may:

A.    Furnish water, whether by sale or gift, to any person, firm or corporation;

B.    Deepen, enlarge or increase the pump horsepower of any such water well;

C.    Make or cause to be made any additional service connections to existing privately owned systems or wells. (Ord. 348 § 2, 1981).

13.20.030 Industrial wells.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the drilling, digging and installation of water wells in new industrial developments for industrial water purposes or for irrigation purposes, subject to the approval of the city council after noticed hearing. If the city council finds and determines, based on factual and engineering data, that the drilling, digging and installation of water wells for industrial or irrigation purposes will endanger the public water supply system, the city council may deny the drilling, digging or installation of such wells until the council can later determine that the maintenance of such wells and systems will not endanger the public water supply. (Ord. 348 § 3, 1981).

13.20.040 Violation—Penalty.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 348 § 4, 1981).