EPA Private Drinking Water Wells Program

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Source: U.S. EPA

What is a Private Drinking Water Well?

The following information is courtesy of the U.S. EPA.

EPA estimates that more than 23 million households rely on private wells for drinking water in the United States (August 2021). EPA does not regulate private wells nor does it provide recommended criteria or standards for individual wells. EPA offers information regarding the importance of testing private wells and guidance on technologies that may be used to treat or remove any contaminants.

Private well owners can be described as homeowners and groups of homeowners with well(s) that serve fewer than 25 people and contain less than 15 service connections. Private well owners are responsible for the safety of their water, which results in difficulty accessing technical assistance from water professionals and can lead to water quality and quantity issues. To learn more about private drinking water wells and review the U.S. EPA’s resources for well owners, visit this site.

About the EPA Private Drinking Water Wells Program

Using NRWA’s vast experience of implementing grassroots and education programs, this program provides innovative training and technical assistance opportunities for private well owners to better care for their wells.

The EPA Private Drinking Water Wells Program educates well owners on wells, groundwater, and information on protecting their health. State Rural Water Association Training and Technical Assistance Technicians will conduct a series of nationwide community water events, training workshops, and onsite technical assistance visits though this U.S. EPA program.

Private Wells Webinar

July 6 – Private Well Quality Monitoring and Management

July 13 – The Ins and Outs of Water Wells

Ever wonder about your well, what is underground and how do we get the water out? This presentation will detail types of water wells and construction methods, how groundwater flow to wells, and areas contributing water to wells. We will also discuss different types of residential pump systems, what makes them pump and new technologies for homeowners. A lot happens behind your tap, learn how the water gets from the ground to your glass and what maintenance you can do to maintain quality drinking water.

July 17 – From the Ground Up: Navigating Private Well Water and Protecting Your Health