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If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if
your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family
face? Where can you go for help or advice?
The information contained in this web site will help you answer these
EPA regulates public water systems; it does not have the authority to
regulate private drinking water wells. Approximately 15 percent of Americans
rely on their own private drinking water supplies, and these supplies
are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments
do set rules to protect users of these wells. Unlike public drinking water
systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking
the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap.
These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection
and maintenance of their drinking water supplies.
- Basic Information - Learn about
the types of drinking water wells and guidelines for proper construction.
- Where You Live - Find information
about private drinking water wells in your region or state.
- Frequent Questions -This page answers questions
you may have about your well water.
- Human Health - Learn about health risks
associated with drinking water wells.
- Partnerships - Several organizations are
working to keep private drinking water wells safe.
- What You Can Do - Learn how to do
your part in keeping your drinking water well safe.
- Publications -Download or order copies
of brochures, booklets, posters, reports, and multi-media publications.
- Related Links - Link to web sites with additional
information on private drinking water wells.
- Glossary - Look up unfamiliar terms in
EPA’s electronic glossary.
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