Natural Resources Protection
The plan proposes to include a new sub element to protect groundwater resources. The Township has adopted regulations promulgated through NJDEP to address the volume and quality of storm water runoff. Tandem to these regulations is the protection of groundwater resources primarily regulated through township board of health policy and regulations.
In this context Warren Township Board of Health proposes and this plan incorporates the following policies and strategy.
Efforts should be made to assure that for those properties to be developed that must be served by individual subsurface sewage disposal systems (septic systems) that the septic systems be designed and constructed such that they comply with State NJDEP regulations and fully comply with local Board of Health ordinances. These ordinances were developed and promulgated with the purpose of protecting the health and safety of the residents of Warren by allowing septic systems that have been proven to be successful even in the difficult conditions of Warren.
We would encourage the minimization of private wells. Public water supplies are likely to be safer than private wells because the public water system is regularly monitored. If an issue arises regarding potability of the public water supply public notification is made immediately. These assurances are not present with private wells and it is our experience that residents are not likely to test their well water to demonstrate potability, except on rare occasions. Additionally, private wells represent a potential source of groundwater contamination as they can be injection points into the aquifer. Reducing the use of wells reduces the potential contamination points.
The Board would recommend a policy of roof gutter and property runoff reinjection. This action will help to support and maintain the groundwater levels of the aquifers through regeneration of the water supply.
Similar to three above the Board would discourage large impervious areas. Permeable surface conditions allow for the regeneration and maintenance of groundwater conditions and reduce the likelihood of flooding and ponding of surface water. Reduction of stagnant surface water conditions will help with mosquito control issues an ultimately reduce the potential for disease being transmitted from animals to human (zoonoses).
In an effort to reduce air pollution, congestion and fuel consumption and to increase personal activity, exercise and social well being the Board of Health recommends the following: