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H.B. 226 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill addresses requirements for well drillers.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines "well drilling" to include installation or repair of a pump in a well;
             14          .    allows pump installation or repair without a license on a person's own property;
             15          .    subjects a person installing or repairing a pump in a well for compensation to well
             16      driller licensing requirements; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          73-3-25, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 282 and 382
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 73-3-25 is amended to read:
             28           73-3-25. Well driller's license -- Enforcement.
             29          (1) As used in this section:

             30          (a) "Well" means an open or cased excavation or borehole for diverting, using, or
             31      monitoring underground water made by any construction method.
             32          (b) "Well driller" means a person with a license to engage in well drilling for
             33      compensation or otherwise.
             34          (c) "Well drilling" means the act of:
             35          (i) drilling, constructing, repairing, renovating, deepening, cleaning, developing, or
             36      abandoning a well[.]; or
             37          (ii) installing or repairing a pump in a well.
             38          (2) (a) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), a person who installs or repairs a pump in a
             39      well on the person's own property for the person's own use is not required to obtain a license
             40      under this section.
             41          (b) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c), a person who installs or repairs a pump in
             42      a well for compensation:
             43          (i) shall obtain a license as required by Subsection (3); and
             44          (ii) is subject to all of this section's provisions.
             45          (c) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (2)(b), a person who performs
             46      electrical repairs on a pump in a well is not required to obtain a license as required by
             47      Subsection (3).
             48          [(2)] (3) (a) (i) A person shall obtain a license as provided in this section before
             49      engaging in well drilling.
             50          (ii) The state engineer may enforce Subsection [(2)] (3)(a)(i) in accordance with
             51      Sections 73-2-25 and 73-2-26 .
             52          (b) A person applying for a well driller license shall file a well driller bond:
             53          (i) with the state engineer; and
             54          (ii) payable to the Division of Water Rights.
             55          (c) (i) Compliance with this section and the rules authorized by this section is required
             56      to obtain or renew a well driller license.
             57          (ii) The state engineer may refuse to issue a license if it appears an applicant [violated]

             58      violates a rule authorized by this section.
             59          (d) A well driller license is not transferable.
             60          [(3)] (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
             61      Act, the state engineer may make rules establishing:
             62          (a) the amount, form, and general administrative requirements of a well driller bond;
             63          (b) the amount of a well driller fine;
             64          (c) minimum well drilling standards;
             65          (d) well driller reporting requirements;
             66          (e) the requirements for obtaining a well driller license, including:
             67          (i) a well driller license application form;
             68          (ii) the license expiration date; and
             69          (iii) the license renewal cycle; and
             70          (f) a procedure to enforce a well drilling standard or other well drilling requirement.
             71          [(4)] (5) (a) A well driller shall submit a report to the state engineer:
             72          (i) containing data relating to each well;
             73          (ii) within 30 days after the completion or abandonment of the well drilling;
             74          (iii) on forms furnished by the state engineer; and
             75          (iv) containing information required by the state engineer.
             76          (b) In accordance with Sections 73-2-25 and 73-2-26 , the state engineer may
             77      commence an enforcement action against a person who fails to submit a report required by
             78      Subsection [(4)] (5)(a) within 90 days of the day on which the well driller license lapses.
             79          [(5)] (6) (a) A well driller shall comply with the rules authorized by this section.
             80          (b) If the state engineer determines that a well driller has failed to comply with a rule,
             81      the state engineer may, in accordance with the procedures established in rule:
             82          (i) (A) order that a well driller pay a fine; or
             83          (B) revoke or suspend the well driller's license; and
             84          (ii) exact the bond.
             85          [(6)] (7) (a) The state engineer shall retain the money from a fine or exacting a bond as

             86      a dedicated credit.
             87          (b) The state engineer may expend:
             88          (i) money retained from a fine for:
             89          (A) well drilling inspection;
             90          (B) well drilling enforcement; or
             91          (C) well driller education; and
             92          (ii) money retained from exacting a bond to investigate or correct a deficiency by a
             93      well driller that could adversely affect the public interest resulting from noncompliance with a
             94      rule authorized by this section.

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