Are you one of the more than 3 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):
- 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 by contacting your county’s environmental health representative. A test every 3-5 years is recommended
- Search well sampling and new permit costs for each county
If your well was installed before July 2008:
- Find your local county health department contact and ask for the well program.
- CWFNC recommends testing your well for at a minimum: Total Coliform Bacteria, Arsenic, Lead, Zinc, and nitrates/nitrite
- A full water test (required since 2008) would also include: barium, cadmium, Copper, Fluoride, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, selenium, silver, Sodium, and pH
If you think you may have other sources of contamination near your well, including pesticide use or underground fuel tanks, ask your county well program about other well testing available.
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