Well Head Protection Ordinances

Many rivers in the region bear names based in ...Image via WikipediaThe question is not whether or not Pequannock should protect it's well heads (properties located within seepage distance [designated by tier] of municipal water sources), but how best to do so while also respecting the rights of citizens and fostering a strong local economy.  Well head protection ordinances do provide excellent protection for local wells, but can have a negative impact on development in the area due to restrictions imposed on the same.  These were some of the issues discussed at the July 26th town council meeting in Pequannock.

Representatives from the Passaic River Coalition presented a strong argument for adoption of the ordinance as suggested by the State of New Jersey through theirs and similar regional organizations.  Members of the Township Council and other staff presented a strong counterpoint in that a wide variety of well head protection legislation is already built in to existing municipal and state regulations and ordinances; in short, the suggested new well head protection ordinance could be both superfluous and place undue restrictions on development in the area for both businesses and homeowners.

It was generally agreed that the Township of Pequannock would pursue a program of resident education and possibly inspection for existing and new septic tanks, then revisit the well head protection ordinance issue in the future as needed.


Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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