1513.162 Operator to replace water supply.

(A) The operator of a coal mining operation shall replace the water supply of an owner of interest in real property who obtains all or part of his supply of water for domestic, agricultural, industrial, or other legitimate use from an underground or surface source where the supply has been affected by contamination, diminution, or interruption proximately resulting from the coal mining operation and shall reimburse the owner for the reasonable cost of obtaining a water supply from the time of the contamination, diminution, or interruption by the operation until the water supply is replaced.

(B) This chapter does not affect in any way the right of any person to enforce or protect, under applicable law, his interest in water resources affected by a coal mining operation.

Effective Date: 09-01-1981.