Test water from private wells annually to prevent illness

Mon March 21, 2011

DUPAGE COUNTY - In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, 2011, the DuPage County Health Department is encouraging homeowners with private water wells to have their well water tested on an annual basis. 

The Health Department offers private well water testing for a $35 fee, which includes testing for total coliform bacteria and nitrate screening. Residents may stop at any of the Health Department Public Health Centers in Addison, Lombard, Westmont or Wheaton to pick up well water testing supplies and instructions, as well as drop off their samples. This is the only way that well water will be accepted for testing. Test results are available within 72 hours. Corrective actions are suggested should contamination problems be detected.

An annual test is recommended, or should be conducted whenever work is done on the well or plumbing, such as hot water tank replacement. Private well water should be tested more than once a year if there are recurrent incidents of gastrointestinal illnesses among household members or visitors or if there is a change in the taste, odor or appearance of the well water.

An estimated 15 million American households get their water from private ground water wells, which are not subject to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.  Private ground water wells can provide safe, clean water.  However, well water can also become contaminated, leading to illness.  It is the responsibility of the well owners to maintain and treat their wells, in order to ensure their water is safe from harmful contaminants.

For more information on well water testing please call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400 and speak with Environmental Health Services. Additional information is available at www.dupagehealth.org/environmental-health.

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Test water from private wells annually to prevent illness