HUD HOC Reference Guide
Water Systems: Individual Water SystemsChapter 1
Appraisal & Property Requirements
Individual Water Systems
1: General Requirements
B: Individual water supply systems (wells) may be acceptable when the cost to connect to a public or community water system is not reasonable as defined by the lender. 3% or less of the estimated value of the property is the suggested benchmark.
C: The lender is responsible for determining if connection is feasible.
D: When required, the lender is to ensure that certifications of water quality and quantity are obtained for proper processing and determination of final acceptability.
B: Individual water systems no longer require automatic testing or inspection unless it is mandated by state or local jurisdictions; it is believed that the water may be contaminated or when the water supply relies upon water purification system due to the presence of contaminants. The lender also has the option to require testing.
For new construction individual water supply systems (wells) should be checked to establish the distance from the septic system.
B: For new construction the following shall be used in establishing the minimum acceptable distance between wells and sources of pollution located on either the same or adjoining lots. Either the health authority having jurisdiction or HUD may increase these distances.
Supplemental Requirements Notes*
(SUP1) This clearance may be increased or decreased depending upon soil and rock penetrated by the well and aquifer conditions. The clearance may be increased in creviced limestone and permeable strata of gravel and sand. The clearance may be reduced to 50 ft. only where the ground surface is effectively separated from the water bearing formation by an extensive, continuous and impervious strata of clay, hardpan, or rock. The well shall be constructed so as to prevent the entrance of surface water and contaminants.
(SUP2) The recommendations or requirements of the local health authority shall apply.
(SUP3) This clearance may be reduced to 15 feet only where the ground surface is effectively separated from the water bearing formation by an extensive, continuous and impervious strata of clay, hardpan, or rock.
(*EP) For Existing Properties. If the locality permits distance requirements less than those prescribed by FHA, the property may be considered eligible for a mortgage insured by FHA provided that the lender submits evidence in the case binder that the subject property is in compliance with the applicable local or state distance requirements and meets the conditions stated in Mortgagee Letter 2002-25.
C: Individual Water Systems/Wells should be located on the subject property site. If not, they must be on an adjacent property, and evidence of water rights and recorded maintenance agreement must be provided for acceptance of the well as the primary source of water for an FHA insured property.
D: Additional distance information may be referenced from HUD Handbook 4910.1, Appendix K, 24CFR Sec. 200.926d & Mortgagee Letter 2002-25.
E: Cisterns: HUD Handbook 4150.2 Section 3-6 indicates that properties served by cisterns and other alternative water sources are not acceptable for mortgage insurance. However, the HOCs have the authority to consider waivers for existing properties over 1 year old and located in areas where cisterns are typical. The HOC?s ability to waive this prohibition does not apply to new or proposed construction.
Please see: HUD Handbook 4150.1, Rev-1, Sec. 12-16 and 12-17 and 4075.12 REV, 4150.2 Section 3-6, 24CFR 200.926(f).
4: Miscellaneous Individual Well Items
B: Individual Residential Water Purification Equipment - If a property is otherwise eligible for insurance but does not have access to a continuing supply of safe and potable water without the use of a water purification system, the requirements in Mortgagee Letter 1992-18 must be satisfied.
|Content Archived: October 25, 2012|