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Global Positioning System (GPS) Location – refers to a specific geographic location on the earth’s surface as determined by satellite radio signals.

Local health authority - a county, regional or municipal health agency that serves as the lead point of contact with the NJDEP on environmental issues. This agency would ordinarily be the local health agency certified pursuant to the County Environmental Health Act (CEHA), N.J.S.A. 26:3A2-21 et seq. In those counties that do not have a certified CEHA health agency, the local health authority is the agency that serves as the lead for administering the Local Information Networks and Communication System (LINCS) as designated by the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Maximum contaminant level (MCL) - the maximum permissible concentration of a contaminant in drinking water. Maximum contaminant levels shall apply to public and non-public water systems, in accordance with the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act, N.J.S.A.58:12A-1 et seq. and implementing rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10.

Parameter - a general term that includes other terms such as contaminant, constituent, substance, metal, organic/inorganic chemical, and characteristics that are used to designate an analyte, group of analytes, attribute, or physical property.

Potable water - any water used, or intended to be used, for drinking and/or culinary purposes which is free from impurities in amounts sufficient to cause disease or harmful physiological effects, and complies with the bacteriological and chemical quality conforming to applicable standards the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10.

Potability – See Potable Water.

Private well - a potable water well that serves a dwelling unit and is located on the same real property as the dwelling unit.

Public notification - a general notice sent by the appropriate local health authority of private well test failures to surrounding and/or neighboring owners of real property. The notification can include recommendations to test for the parameters of concern to the owners of surrounding or neighboring properties served by wells.

Recommended upper limit - the optimum range for pH or upper limit for iron, and manganese, in accordance with the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10-7.

Reporting laboratory - the certified laboratory responsible for reporting a complete set of required information related to the analysis of a private well sample to the NJDEP.

Secondary parameter - a drinking water contaminant regulated for aesthetic purposes rather than health effects under the SDWA rules at N.J.A.C. 7:10. Secondary parameters include pH, iron and manganese.

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