Private Wells

If your water comes from a private well, germs and chemicals can enter your drinking water from flooding and extreme weather, runoff and natural changes in the water that serves your well. The use of contaminated water for drinking, preparing food and making ice can make you, your family and your pets sick. Babies, children, pregnant women, older adults and people with health conditions are most at risk of health effects from consuming contaminated water.

Read about the importance of well testing and maintenance to make sure your water is suitable for drinking, preparing food and all household uses. Information is also provided for local code enforcement and contractors.

Test your well water at least once a year for bacteria and for other contaminants every 3-5 years.

Take steps to get connected to a public water system, if you have the chance. Public water is the best option for drinking water because it is regularly monitored and managed by a certified water operator.