427. The officers and employees of the municipality may enter upon any land or property, street, lane or public or private road, to lay or repair pipes and sewers and to do other necessary work in connection with the waterworks and sewers.
In addition to the officers and employees, any person authorized by the municipality may also enter upon any land, including land within a 48 km radius outside the territory of the municipality, for the purpose of
(1) searching for a new source of water supply intended to supply a waterworks or public well and carrying out the inventories, studies and analyses required to assess the location, quantity, quality and vulnerability of the groundwater;
(2) delimiting the supply area and protection areas of any existing or planned source of water supply intended to supply a waterworks or public well and assessing the vulnerability of the groundwater present in those areas.
The exercise of the powers under this section is subject, however, to restoring the premises to their former state and compensating the owner or person in charge of the land, as the case may be, for any damage. In addition, in the cases described in the second paragraph, the municipality is bound, except in the case of emergency, to give the owner or any other person in charge of the land prior notice of at least 48 hours of the person’s intention to enter upon the land for the purposes mentioned in that paragraph.
R. S. 1964, c. 193, s. 437; 2002, c. 53, s. 20.