Well water testing recommended by state

March 10-16 is Groundwater Awareness Week and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is urging everyone to test the well water they drink.

Anyone with a private well supplying water to their home is responsible for their own water testing, according to Sarah Pillsbury, administrator of NHDES’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau. Only a few towns require private well testing, and that is typically only in conjunction with obtaining a certificate of occupancy for a new home.

It is recommended that private well users have the water tested every few years. NHDES recommends that well owners have their water tested at an accredited private lab or at the state lab.

For more information on NHDES’s testing recommendations and a list of accredited labs, visit www.des.nh.gov and select private well testing from the A to Z list, or call the NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at 271-2513.

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