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What should I do if I have my own drinking water well?

If you have your own well, you are responsible for making sure that your water is safe to drink. Private wells should be tested annually for nitrate and coliform bacteria to detect contamination problems early. Test more frequently and for other contaminants, such as radon or pesticides, if you suspect a problem. Check with your local health department and local public water systems that use ground water to learn more about well water quality in your area and what contaminants you are more likely to find.  More information is available on EPA’s page for private well owners at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/index.cfm.  You can help protect your water supply by carefully managing activities near the water source. The organization Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst (www.wisc.edu/farmasyst/) provides information to help farmers and rural residents assess pollution risks and develop management plans to meet their unique needs.
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  • Topic #: 23002-23467
  • Date Created: 10/31/2004
  • Last Modified Since: 10/12/2010
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