Well Water Testing
Ensuring safe drinking water for your family
The quality of a home’s drinking water is an important factor to consider, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. Do you know if the water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice?
If the home you are considering obtains drinking water from a well, you should be aware that The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) by the U.S. EPA does not protect private wells. EPA's rules apply only to "public drinking water systems" - government or privately run companies supplying water to at least 25 people or 15 service connections.
While most states regulate private household wells, the rules are very limited. In the Hudson Valley Region of New York, Westchester County is the only area subject to legal guidelines and requirements for private residential wells. Individual well owners have primary responsibility for the safety of the water drawn from their wells, and do not benefit from the government's health protections for water systems serving many families. These must comply with federal and state regulations for frequent analysis, testing, and reporting of results.