Private Drinking Water Wells: Private wells offer safe and tasty water for millions of people, but they should be tested regularly.

Ensuring private water wells are safe and tasty… on this CurrentCast.

Approximately 43 million people in the U.S. get their water from private wells. And while most are safe, they should all be tested annually.

Cliff Treyens is with the National Groundwater Association.

Treyens: “Either man-made or naturally-occurring contamination can be a problem. For instance, arsenic and radon occur in the geology in many areas of the country and if it’s above a certain threshold, it could present a health risk.”

Household, agricultural, or industrial contaminants can also filter into the earth and end up in drinking water.

Working with a certified water specialist to test, treat and maintain a well will make sure the water is safe.

CurrentCast is produced in partnership with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Learn more online at

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