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Chapter 770-5 LICENSE AND CERTIFICATE

Rule 770-5-.01 Qualification

(1) Upon qualification of the applicant by the Council, the applicant shall be issued a license or certificate, as appropriate, in a form approved by the Council.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a person licensed as a water well contractor pursuant to Code Section 12-5-127 or certified as a pump contractor pursuant to Code Section 12-5-138 is not required to be licensed or certified under Chapter 14 of Title 43, when in the course of constructing a water well, he or she makes certain electrical or plumbing connections or performs other electrical or plumbing work incidental to the drilling and construction of the well; provided, however, that any such electrical and plumbing work meets or exceeds all applicable local, state, or federal codes, whichever are most stringent.

Rule 770-5-.02 Expiration of License and Certificate

All licenses and certificates expire biennially on the 30th day of June.

Rule 770-5-.03 Renewal

Renewal of a water well contractor license must be accompanied by a renewal fee of the amount set by the Division, but not to exceed $400 per renewal period. Renewal of a pump contractor certificate must be accompanied by a renewal fee of the amount set by the Council, but not exceeding the fee for a licensed water well contractor.

Rule 770-5-.04 Penalty

(1) A licensee or certificate holder whose license or certificate has expired may have such license or certificate restored by applying for a water well contractor license or pump contractor certificate in accordance with Chapter 770-3 of these rules and payment of a restoration fee in the amount established by the Council.
(2) A water well contractor or pump contractor, to maintain a valid license or certificate, must have in force an up-to-date performance bond or irrevocable letter of credit in the amount determined by the Director. Failure to maintain such bond or letter of credit shall result in the termination or revocation of any license or certificate dependent thereon.

Rule 770-5-.05 Rig and Commercial Vehicle Identification

All rigs and commercial vehicles used by licensed water well contractors or certified pump contractors in well construction and/or pump installation operations shall be permanently and prominently marked on each side of the rigs or vehicles for identification with name of the person, firm or corporation, and letters "GA Lic." and/or "GA Cert." as appropriate with the water well contractor's license number or pump contractor's certificate number. The letters and numerals shall be bold in print, on a background of contrasting color, and not less than two (2) inches in height.

Rule 770-5-.06 License and Certificate Display

The license or certificate granted under these rules shall be displayed in a conspicuous place at the water well contractor's or pump contractor's principal place of business.

Rule 770-5-.07 Duplicate License and Certificate

A new license or certificate to replace any lost, destroyed, or mutilated license or certificate will be issued by the Council upon their approval of a written request from the licensee or certificate holder and a payment of a fee to be established by the Council.

Rule 770-5-.08 Water Well Construction Activities

Any person in a water well construction business who has been granted a license by the Council shall be responsible for water well construction activities performed or approved by such person. Any approved activity by the licensee shall be posted at the site of the activity on forms provided by the Council.

Rule 770-5-.09 Pump Installation Activities

(1) Any person in a pump installation business who has been granted a pump contractor certificate by the Council shall be responsible for pump removal, repair, and installation activities performed or approved by such person.
(2) During any onsite removal, installation, or service of a water well pump, the certified pump contractor shall make a reasonable effort to maintain the integrity of ground water and to prevent contamination.
(3) Following any water well pump installation, removal or onsite service, the well and pumping equipment shall be disinfected with chlorine applied so that a concentration of at least fifty (50) parts per million of chlorine shall be obtained in all wetted parts of the well and pumping equipment with a minimum contact period of two (2) hours before pumping the well.
(4) All materials used in the replacement or repair of any water well pump shall meet the requirements for a new installation.