Dear Private Well Owner,

This packet contains information from several resources to guide you through the process of abandoning your old well, well contractor information, a township permit application for a water service to be installed, and general information about water quality.  Below are some Township programs with a brief explanation of how they impact you.

Cross Connection Program

Independence Township is committed to delivering the highest quality water and is involved with several programs to ensure that the water is free of contaminants.  One such program is the Cross Connection Program.  At this time, its focus is on commercial customers.  The objective is to make sure that these customers have the proper backflow devices to prevent any non-potable water or contaminated water from hot tubs, pools and etc. to make sure that they have the proper backflow devices installed.  Remember, everyone must pull a plumbing permit for the installation of lawn irrigation systems.  It is for your own family's safety and health.

Wellhead Protection Program

Independence Township is also voluntarily participating in the Wellhead Protection Program.  The Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA) is the area of the surface and subsurface that is expected to contribute ground water to the Municipal supply wells typically in the next 10 years.  If you live in or near a Well Head Protection Area, the use of household hazardous chemicals (like paints, solvents, gasoline, etc.) should be closely monitored in order to eliminate the possibility of groundwater contamination.  You can help protect your water supply by using household hazardous chemicals carefully.

Storm Water Permit Program

And lastly, the final program that Independence Township is deeply involved in is referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water permit program.  This permit addresses the quality of the storm water that drains from subdivisions, roads, parking lots, etc.  The focus is on how daily activities (like mowing and fertilizing lawns, washing cars, maintaining septic systems, etc.) impact the overall watershed area, the eco system around us, and ultimately the water that we drink.  The NPDES storm water permit is something that every urbanized community must obtain.  Stay tuned as Independence Township will begin to sponsor interesting workshops and activities that you, the homeowner, will be able to participate in to improve the quality of the environment and life for yourself as well as everyone in our community.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the Department of Public Works for more information on any of the above programs or related services.

Department of Public Works