Wells, private; prohibition on construction of certain. (HB193)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prohibition on construction of private wells. Adds to the exemptions for the construction of private wells, property that is less than three acres. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/26/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084166672
12/26/2007Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/11/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB193)
01/18/2008Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2008Read first time
01/22/2008Read second time
01/22/2008Committee amendment rejected
01/22/2008Amendments by Delegate Orrock agreed to
01/22/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB193E
01/22/2008Printed as engrossed 084166672-E
01/23/2008Read third time and passed House (95-Y 2-N)
01/23/2008VOTE: --- PASSAGE (95-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2008Communicated to Senate
01/24/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB193E)
01/24/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2008Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/14/2008Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N)
02/15/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 1-N)
02/18/2008Read third time
02/18/2008Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB193ER)
02/20/2008Signed by Speaker
02/22/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB193ER)
02/22/2008Signed by President
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 61 (effective 7/1/08)
03/02/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 62 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0062)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Can Del. Orrock seriously be proposing that nobody in the whole of the state should be permitted to construct a well on less than three acres of land? That would be utterly baffling. How would we get water? Is the purpose of this to end development in rural areas? If not, what possible benefit could there be to such legislation?

Tim McCormack writes:

I think this is an exemption to the 50-feet rule.

Simplified: You can't construct a well within 50 feet of a farm. However, if you have less than 3 acres, it's okay.

Waldo Jaquith writes:

That makes much, much more sense. Thank you for that, Tim.