TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden, which would renew the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) commitment to protecting the health and well being of homeowners with private well ground contamination by requiring the DEP to cover the cost of repairs to Point of Entry Treatment (POET) systems has been unanimously approved by the Senate Environment Committee.
The “New Jersey Spill Compensation Fund” compensates homeowners for all installation and maintenance expenses associated with POET systems. The bill defines a POET system as a system used to remove contaminants from the water entering a structure from a potable well. The Fund is paid for by a tax imposed on the sale of certain petroleum and chemical products.
“This bill would work to remedy a quality of life and safety issue when it comes to providing clean drinking water for owners of homes with wells,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “Through this legislation, we would be ensuring continuity of service for these necessary repairs, at no additional cost to taxpayers or homeowners. Without this legislation, however, homeowners would be responsible for covering the cost of repairs and maintenance to water purifying systems used to clean ground contamination, for which they are not to blame.”