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DPH Encourages Private Well Testing

National Groundwater Awareness Week begins March 11th

As part of National Groundwater Awareness Week, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is reminding Connecticut residents with private wells to consider testing their wells to ensure safe water quality. Water plays an essential role in everyone’s life. Approximately 23% of Connecticut residents: roughly 820,000 people rely on a private well as the source of their household water. 

Sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, March 11-18th is the annual observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week, which stresses the importance of groundwater to people’s health and the environment. Homeowners with private wells use groundwater every day for drinking, cooking, bathing, cleaning, agriculture, cooling and heating. 

Spring is a good season for an annual well water checkup before peak water use season begins. Proper maintenance of a well water system is essential to protecting water quality. Private well owners should consider taking a few steps to inspect their wells for structural problems(need a better weblink), protect from contamination, and most importantly, test for water quality.

For more information and resources on well inspection, testing, contaminants, and treatment options, please visit DPH’s Private Well Program website at: