Private Wells Program
The Individual Well Program (IWP) is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) on a national scale to develop and utilize a new assessment tool and host educational workshops on how to identify potential well issues, including contamination threats. MAP will provide assistance and essential tools needed to protect and improve the water quality of wells in unregulated well owner communities.
Check your well every spring to make sure there are no mechanical problems; test it once each year for bacteria and once every two or three years for harmful contaminants. If you replace or repair any part of your well system, this is also another time you need to test it.
The only way to find water contamination is through testing. As a well owner, it is up to you to maintain your well and have it tested.
Yes. The U.S. EPA's rules that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. Most states have rules for private wells, but these rules may not completely protect your private well. In other words, as a private well owner, it is up to you to make sure that your well water is safe to drink.