Private Well Sampling and Testing: A Guide for Public Health Laboratories

This document includes the following sections:

  • Private Wells: How Safe is the Water? Information is gleaned from various federal sources on the use of private wells in the US and the extent of well contamination. This section is of importance to private well owners.
  • Testing and Protecting Private Wells. This section highlights the primary responsibility of private well owners in testing their wells and explains the testing process and potential remediation steps.
  • Role of the Public Agencies and Laboratories. This section outlines the limited array of state regulations on private wells and the work of state and local agencies to support private well owners in assuring the quality of their drinking water. This section also outlines laboratory roles and responsibilities, like public education, testing, interpretation of results and other activities.
  • Key Resources. Listed here are federal, state, national organization and other private well resources.