Tazewell County Health Dept.

Geothermal

TITLE 6 - CHAPTER 9
GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS
CLOSED LOOP WELLS
 

6 TCC 9-1                                                       Definitions

6 TCC 9-2                                                       Inspection Requirement

6 TCC 9-3                                                       Exemption

6 TCC 9-4                                                       Location

6 TCC 9-5                                                       Application for Inspection

6 TCC 9-6                                                       Inspection Fee

6 TCC 9-7                                                       Registration of Geothermal System Contractors and Excavators

6 TCC 9-8                                                       Inspections

6 TCC 9-9                                                       Use of Food Grade Propylene Glycol as Coolant

6 TCC 9-10                                                     Supersession by State Law

6 TCC 9-11                                                     Penalties

6 TCC 9-12                                                     Date of Effect
 

6 TCC 9-1      DEFINITIONS

Food grade propylene glycol – a coolant added to a geothermal system which will allow the reduction of setbacks between the geothermal system and a water well on an adjacent property or between the geothermal system and a water well on the same owner’s property upon approval of a variance.  The product container shall be labeled “Propylene Glycol USP” or equivalent.  Any product not containing the letters “USP” will not be acceptable for this use, unless vendor documentation is produced to demonstrate equivalency.
 

Geothermal system – a sealed, watertight loop of pipe buried outside of a building foundation, which is intended to recirculate a liquid solution through a heat exchanger.  This includes but is not limited to vertical loop, horizontal loop and body of water loop systems.
 

Geothermal system contractor – any individual who installs geothermal systems except a geothermal system excavator.
 

Geothermal system excavator – any individual who excavates for the purpose of installing a geothermal system.  This includes but is not limited to drilling, boring, jetting, or digging.

IDPH – Illinois Department of Public Health
 

6 TCC 9-2      INSPECTION REQUIREMENT

Effective (date of adoption) it shall be unlawful to have a newly installed uninspected geothermal system in Tazewell County.  The location and type of geothermal system must be documented with the Board of Health.
 

6 TCC 9-3      EXEMPTION

Geothermal systems installed within the corporate limits of a municipality shall be exempt from the inspection requirement of this ordinance provided the municipality has a geothermal system inspection process in place.
 

6 TCC 9-4      LOCATION

All geothermal systems must meet the minimum location requirements as set forth in the IDPH Water Well Construction Code Section 920.50 subject to penalties as set forth in Section 6 TCC 6-12.  If any of location requirements cannot be met, a variance may be applied for in accordance with Section 920.30(c) of the IDPH Water Well Construction Code and/or Section 6 TCC 6-9 of this ordinance.
 

6 TCC 9-5      APPLICATION FOR INSPECTION

Application for inspection for a geothermal system shall be in writing and in such form that shall be prescribed by the Board of Health.  The geothermal system excavator shall sign every inspection application.
 

(A)   The application shall be accompanied by a plan showing the location of all existing structures, wells, septic tanks, secondary sewage treatment units, cesspools, privies, sewers, lakes, ponds, or streams on the applicant’s property and on neighboring properties, if they are within 200 feet of the proposed geothermal system(s).
 

(B)   Prior to the approval of the inspection application, the Board of Health, at its discretion, may require additional information, and/or inspect the property and neighboring properties.
 

6 TCC 9-6      INSPECTION FEE

Each application for the inspection of a geothermal system shall be accompanied by a fee of $100.00 payable to the Tazewell County Health Department.  This fee shall not be refundable in the event that an individual decides not to construct or modify the geothermal system.
 

6 TCC 9-7      REGISTRATION OF GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM CONTRACTORS AND EXCAVATORS

All individuals who install or excavate geothermal systems in Tazewell County shall be registered annually with the Board of Health.  A registration fee of $50.00 shall accompany the registration application.  The registration shall expire on December 31st of the year of issue.  The registration requirement shall not apply to water well drillers licensed under the Illinois Department of Public Health Water Well and Pump Installation Contractor’s License Code.  The registration requirement shall not apply to an individual who drills or excavates a geothermal system on land which is owned or leased by him and is used by him for farming purposes or as his place of abode.
 

6 TCC 9-8      INSPECTIONS

The Tazewell County Health Department shall be notified by telephone or in writing at least 24 hours prior to the drilling of a vertical geothermal system or excavating a horizontal geothermal system.  Information to be provided to the Tazewell County Health Department includes:  date drilling/excavating completed, name of well driller/excavator, depth and diameter of drilled holes, if applicable and number of 50 pound bags of bentonite grout used, if applicable.  In the case of a vertical geothermal system, the inspector shall measure the location of each hole in the geothermal system relative to one or more physical features, such as corners of a house.  In the case of a vertical geothermal system, the drilling and grouting of the holes should be witnessed (audited) by a representative of the Tazewell County Health Department for each contractor annually.
 

6 TCC 9-9      USE OF FOOD GRADE PROPYLENE GLYCOL AS COOLANT

If food grade propylene glycol is used as a coolant, the following setbacks may be reduced upon approval of a variance.  The 200 foot setback to a water well (not the same owner) may be reduced to a minimum of 75 feet.  The 75 foot setback to a water well (same owner) may be reduced to a minimum of 25 feet.  In all cases, the installation of the coolant shall be witnessed by a representative of the Tazewell County Health Department.  Annually, the property owner shall certify in writing on the form prescribed by the Board of Health that the food grade propylene glycol coolant was not modified in any way other than to add replacement food grade propylene glycol coolant.  In the case of the sale of the property, the seller shall so certify prior to the sale of the property.
 

6 TCC 9-10    SUPERSESSION BY STATE LAW

Should any of the provisions of this ordinance conflict with a geothermal state law or code passed subsequent to this ordinance, the state law or code shall take precedence over this ordinance.
 

6 TCC 9-11    PENALTIES


The following penalties shall apply to individuals who install or excavate geothermal systems upon violation of the following requirements:
 

Failure to meet location requirements as required by Section 920.50 of the IDPH Water Well Construction Code (variance not obtained) - $250.00.
 

Failure to apply for inspection of a geothermal system - $250.00.
 

Failure to inform the Tazewell County Health Department of the availability of a geothermal installation for inspection, with the result that the geothermal holes are covered without being inspected - $250.00.
 

Failure to register with the Board of Health - $250.00.
 

6 TCC 9-12    DATE OF EFFECT

This Ordinance shall be in full force and effective immediately on its adoption.