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Sanitary setback areas are a buffer, usually no less than 200 feet, a Community Public Water Supply System production well in which certain activities, such as storage or mixing of chemicals, are prohibited in order to protect groundwater from direct contamination. If your community doesn’t already own the land in your sanitary setback area then you may want to consider purchasing the land in order to ensure that your wells are protected from activities that may negatively impact water quality. If your community is unable to purchase the land in the sanitary setback area then you will want to make an agreement with the land user so that they employ best management practices.

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