The Vermont Statutes Online
Conservation and Development
As used in this
"Abandoned well" means any well or hole whose original purpose and
use has been permanently discontinued or which is in such a state of disrepair
that the well or hole has the potential for transmitting contaminants into an
aquifer or otherwise threatens the public health or safety.
"Agency" means the agency of natural resources.
"Aquifer" means a water bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand,
gravel or other alluvial soils.
"Beneficial uses" means those uses included in each groundwater
"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of
environmental conservation or the commissioner's designated representative.
"Department" means the department of environmental conservation.
"Groundwater" means water below the land surface, but does not
include surface waters within the meaning of subdivision 1251(13) of this
"Hole" means any excavation, deeper than 20 feet with at least one
horizontal dimension less than five feet.
water supply" means a water supply system with ten or more connections.
"Secretary" means the secretary of the agency of natural resources or
the secretary's designated representative.
"Servicing" means developing of well yields, placing liners or seals,
grouting, restricting the flow of flowing wells, repairing or closing wells and
installing or maintaining well pump systems. "Servicing" does not
include work performed on monitoring wells.
"Technical criteria" means the numerical parameters or scientific
parameters which, when followed, will result in groundwater suitable for the
uses defined in its class.
"Well" means any hole deeper than 20 feet drilled, driven or bored
into the earth to locate, monitor, extract or recharge groundwater or any hole
deeper than 20 feet drilled, driven or bored for the primary purpose of
transferring heat to or from the earth's subsurface.
contractor" means any person who constructs or services wells. (Added
1985, No. 53, § 1; amended 1987, No. 76, § 18; 1989, No. 201 (Adj. Sess.), §