CWFNC does research and public education on drinking water source protection, the right to safe, affordable water, and threats to both ground and surface water. As a result of working with several communities whose wells were contaminated, we have worked extensively to strengthen protections for over 2.5 million NC private well users, most of whose wells have never been inspected or tested for more than bacteria, even when state and local agencies knew of nearby contamination sites.
The passage of Senate Bill 786, the “Energy Modernization Act”, in 2014 introduced a new threat to groundwater, by allowing permitting for hydraulic fracturing operations to begin in early 2015. This has landowners in almost 30 counties across NC asking what the next step is in protecting their water and health from being impacted by gas drilling, fracking and treatment. With fracking possibly coming to North Carolina as early as spring of 2015, residents’ first step to protect themselves can be in the form of “baseline” testing of their drinking water wells before any drilling begins. Click here for more information about how to have baseline testing of your drinking water well before fracking begins.
Protecting Your Well
Are you one of the more than 2.7 million private well users in NC? Most wells have never been inspected or tested for more than bacteria, even when state and local agencies knew of nearby contamination sites. CWFNC works for protection of groundwater and well users throughout the state.
If your well was installed after July 2008 (when the state began to require licenses for new wells):
- Call your county’s well program. Be sure to report any odd tastes or odors. You can also ask them for a copy of your water quality test results and a copy of your well certificate.
- Request additional testing through the county well program. A test every 3-5 years is recommended.
If your well was installed before July 2008:
- Test your well water. This link will take you to a list of county health department contacts. Find your local contact, call, and ask for the well program.
- CWFNC recommends testing your well for at a minimum: fecal coliform, arsenic, lead, zinc, nitrates, and nitrites. A full water test (required since 2008) would also include: barium, cadmium, copper, fluoride, iron, magnesium, manganese, mercury, selenium, silver, sodium, and pH.
Contact the staff at North Carolina Groundwater and Well Testing
Wilson Mize- Statewide well program staff – (919) 218-5383