Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Well water

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


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Is there any reason that the local law that prohibits homeowners from using well water for domestic (home) purposes should not be abolished? There needs to be some ability to have consumer choice.
Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning Michael,

I was not aware of anything prohibiting well use in town. I checked with our MUA Director & he replied – There is no law prohibiting well use for domestic service and there is no local ordinance that I know that mandates connection to public water if it is in front of your property. However, in the event of new construction or a domestic well failing the Ocean County Board of Health prohibits drilling of domestic Wells if public water is within 200′ or 300′ of your property .



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  1. Is there a public health hazard that caused the Board of Health to prohibit wells close to public water lines, If not, perhaps Ocean county can be prevailed upon to relax that ordinance in light of the unconscionable prices NJAW is charging its customers. I pay between $200 and -300 a month for water, and often more in the summer, and although I would still be paying sewage fees, the cost of a well would pay for itself in a couple of years, and save the average homeowner tens of thousands of dollars in the first decade or two alone…

  2. So basically no one in Lakewood can dog a well, because NJAW has infrastructure all over Lakewood.

    Who do we contact at the board of health to change the 200/300′ ordinance? It sounds like an outdated rule.

  3. Since there is no water available on our block we have a well and it’s not all that great!! The water may be free but there is whole filtration and water treatment system that needs constant upkeep that is not free and it also costs electricity to run. And some people have a problem of sulfur in the water which causes a rotten egg smell. Just FYI

  4. We had a well put in for our grass. We asked them to connect out outside water so when the kids use the sprinkler it is wel water and they said they’re not allowed to

  5. I have well water —and it has been in existence since the house was built in the mid-1940’s– although I did not live here at the time. A new deeper well was put in about 30 years ago when sand started getting into the water. There has been no problem since then. I do not drink the water,though, because my neighborhood has gotten built up by new housing over the years, and the neighbors are enthralled by having green lawns–which entail using lawn treatments to make grass green and eliminate weeds. Those chemicals will then leach into the ground with every rainstorm. I am certainly not going to drink potentially lethal chemicals in my water. As a result, I drink bottled water or canned soda. The well water is great for watering my garden or washing my car periodically,though.

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