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Well Water

While most Americans get their water from a local municipal source, over 20 million Americans have privately owned wells. These links will provide well users with information and resources to manage their water sources to help ensure the health and safety of their drinking water.

There are two key differences between well water and municipally sourced water:

  • Municipal water quality is monitored by the municipality
  • Municipal water is pretreated by the municipal source prior to distribution and consumption

Municipal water is regulated by the EPA so consumers can be quite confident that the quality of the water coming from their tap is sufficient. However, well water does not face such stringent regulations and contamination testing often only occurs when the well is first installed or in some locations when property ownership changes. Therefore, it is very important that well water users understand when and how to monitor their water quality and the associated benefits of doing so.

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