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Private Well Owners
If you use a private well for your drinking water, making sure that the water is safe is your responsibility. Both the US EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend annual sampling to ensure optimal water quality. Wells should also be inspected once a year to make sure there are no mechanical problems.
In addition to annual testing you should consider more frequent testing if:
Test Kits Available
The kits test for bacteria and the following chemical parameters:
If you think there may be a problem with your well:
For more information on water test kits for private well owners please contact:
Return to Environmental Laboratory home page.
Return to the Delaware Public Health Laboratory home page.
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