Photograph of  a loose, unsanitary well plumbing system exposed to surface water runoffr  © DJ FriedmanDetailed Guide to Groundwater Pollution Sources of Drinking Water from Household Wells

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Private well water contaminants & purity problems & solutions: if your family gets drinking water from your own 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? This expanded version of a U.S. EPA drinking water pamphlet helps answer these questions. It gives you general information about drinking water from home wells (also considered private drinking water sources).

Expanded & illustrated article about well water testing advice describes types of activities in your area that can create threats to your water supply, how to detect water contaminants or pollutants & how to correct them.

It also describes problems to look for and offers water well construction, testing & maintenance suggestions. Sources for more details are provided as well.

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Water Wells & Drinking Water Advice from the US EPA - expanded data

The original US EPA well water quality assurance document was annotated, edited for clarity, expanded, and illustrated. We also add links to greater detail. As just one example, where the original document noted that the distance from a well to possible sources of contamination are important, we add WELL CLEARANCE DISTANCES. Initial document ource: EPA 816-K-02-003 January 2002, updated here through February 2013. [1]

Original source EPA 816-K-02-003 January 2002, expanded through February 2013, © InspectApedia ebsite design & supplementary information on well water contamination.


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EPA GUIDE to WATER QUALITY at - online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice.

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