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Where to Find Out More About Water Contamination: Sources of Information on Well Water

Open water well or cistern in a home basement - unsanitary (C) InspectApediaThe many linksat the end of this article and within this EPA article provide extensive and detailed articles on water testing, correcting bad water, and related topics -- DF

To find out more about your watershed and its ground water visit "Surf Your Watershed" at www.epa.gov/surf. Also look at the "Index of Watershed Indicators" at www.epa.gov/iwi.

These websites can also tell you possible sources of problems. Companies with permits to release their wastewater in your area are listed. You can see if they meet pollution control laws. You can also learn how your watershed compares to others in the country.

Our well photo at left shows an open ... well we're not sure. It look s like a home-made dug well or cistern in a building basement. It is very unlikely that this well can provide reliably sanitary water.

Information Sources for Water Well Construction in Australia

Information Sources for Water Well Construction in Australia

Information Sources for Water Well Construction in the U.K.

Information Sources for Well Construction in the United States

Or call:

The Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791 The hotline operates from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EST) The hotline can be accessed on the Internet at www.epa.gov/safewater/hotline/index.html

You can get a list of Federal drinking water standards from the EPA website. In addition, the EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water gives chemical and health risk information for a number of drinking water problems through its Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791.

This information is also on the internet at www.epa.gov/safewater. If you do not have a computer, most public libraries offer internet access. Even though federal standards do not apply to household wells, you can use them as a guide to potential problems in your water. Be aware that many states have their own drinking water standards. Some are stricter than the federal rules. To get your state standards, contact your state drinking water program or local health department.

Other U.S. sources of water well construction information include:

Information Sources for Drinking Water Well Construction in New Zealand

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