Something In The Water ?

  It would seem as if Delaware Governor Jack Markell and his brownshirts over at DNREC are planning to institute more regulations. This time they intend to force private citizens to pay to test private well water.

  This comes about from a recommendation from Delaware Health and Social Services to DNREC. So one government department makes a recommendation to another, and then the second one puts forth a regulation. A regulation I might add that has no oversight by the legislative branch.

   The regulation would require a water test for all new wells drilled on existing properties. It would also require a water test before any home with a private well could be sold. Sounds like a good idea, right? Of course it does. It sounds like such a good idea that when I bought my home I had a water test preformed, and had the seller pay for it. No regulation required. I would also recommend that anyone buying a home do the same. As for when drilling a new well on your own property, well isn’t that a choice you should be allowed to make for yourself?

   Gov. Markell has pointed out that people living within town limits and using municipal water receive a yearly report about water quality. As they should. They are paying for that water. It is provided as a service. They have a right to hold the supplier responsible for the quality. This is apples and oranges. If I own my well and I am concerned about water quality then I will test it. If I am not, then why should I have to? If I decide to buy a home and don’t care enough to have the water tested. Whose fault is that?

  Now let me tell you why the Governor and DNREC are really doing this.

  First the test must be preformed by private labs that are certified by DHSS. Gee ! Do you suppose there will be any kind of fee to gain that certification?

  But here is the real point of this regulation;

“Protecting and improving water quality is among the most important responsibilities of the state,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “This is both a consumer and environmental protection initiative. Whether served by a public system, a public well or private well, Delawareans have a right to know about the quality of their drinking water. The testing will provide DNREC and DHSS with groundwater data that will help our agencies prioritize areas for further investigation and remediation.”

  I want to draw your special attention to the part where the Secretary says, ” The testing will provide DNREC and DHSS with groundwater data that will help our agencies prioritize areas for further investigation and remediation.”

  Now what do you suppose that means? Well to me it sounds like the state will now be mandating that you pay to do their water studies.

  And what could these studies lead to? Well more municipal water systems of course.

  I also especially liked the part where the Secretary created yet another right for us. The right to know about the quality of our water. If we would just cut these liberals loose, pretty soon we would be up to our eyeballs in rights. Of course when it comes to liberals, your rights always seem to come with a fee.

  You can bet this is just an opening move. This will lead to more requirements for being able to drill wells. The end game is to force as many people as possible onto community or municipal water systems. This is how county sewer got its start I’m sure.


One Response to “Something In The Water ?”

  1. Dan Kramer Says:

    When DNREC puts this in effect will that mean that if you have a little on the high side of Bacteria (which can be fixed easily) and or nitrates (which cannot be easily fixed) you will not be allowed to sell your house even if you have a Buyer that has seen the water test and is willing to buy it anyway? This is just another way for the State to claim and take away your water rights and require you to buy your own water back from some water company. When I bought my property the Lawyer told me I own as high as the sky and as deep as to the center of the earth, now it looks like we will only own the first foot or so and the State all the rest.

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