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Is the Water in my well safe to drink?

In homes with a private well it is the homeowner's responsibility to test the water. Most wells do not require chemicals for treatment but the only way to know the quality of the water is by regular testing. Soils effectively cleanse harmful organisms from rainwater some of which will recharge drinking water aquifers. Deep ground water is more likely to be free from organisms than water from shallow wells .


We  recommend well owners test the water with a Drinking Water Accredited Laboratory:


  • Annually for bacteria, nitrates/nitrites, and any other contaminants of local concern.

  • More frequently than once a year if there is a change in the taste, odor, or appearance of the well water, or if a problem occurs such as a broken well caps or a new contamination source appears.

  • If family members or houseguests have recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illness.

  • If an infant is living in the home.

  • If you wish to monitor the efficiency and performance of home water treatment equipment.

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