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Well Water

If your family gets drinking water from your own well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face?  Where can you go for help or advice?

At Hudson River Home Inspections we can answer these questions. This web page will give you general information about drinking water from home wells (also considered private drinking water sources). It describes types of activities in your area that can create threats to your water supply. It also describes problems to look for and offers maintenance suggestions. Sources for more information and help are also listed.  

All of us need clean water to drink. We can go for weeks without food, but only days without water.  Contaminated water can be a threat to anyone’s health, but especially to young children.  

About 15 percent of Americans have their own sources of drinking water, such as wells, cisterns, and springs.
Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent through pipes to the community.  The quality of water from a private well can only be determined by having the well sampled. Private wells should be checked annually for bacteria, and if the well is in an agricultural area – especially a limestone “karst area”-- you may also want to test for nitrates or chemicals.

To help protect families with their own wells, almost all states license or register water-well installers. Most also
have construction standards for home wells. In addition, some city and county health departments have local rules and permitting. All this helps make sure the well is built properly. But what about checking to see that it is
working correctly and the water is always healthy to drink? That is the job of the well owner, and it takes some work and some knowledge.

Click here to see a typical well water test.

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Drinking Water From Household Wells

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Westchester County Well Testing Law

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Summary of Westchester Well Testing Law

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FAQ's about Westchester's Well Testing Law

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Phone #:  914-329-2584           E-mail:  rjp@hudrivhi.com

Areas Served in Westchester:  Amawalk, Ardsley, Ardsley On Hudson, Armonk, Baldwin Place, Bedford, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Buchanan, Chappaqua, Cortlandt Manor, Crestwood, Crompond, Cross River, Croton Falls, Croton-on-Hudson, Crugers, Dobbs Ferry, East White Plains, Eastchester, Elmsford, Goldens Bridge, Granite Springs, Greenburgh, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Hawthorne, Heathcote, Irvington, Jefferson Valley, Katonah, Larchmont, Lewisboro, Lincolndale, Mamaroneck, Maryknoll, Millwood, Mohegan Lake, Montrose, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, North Salem, North Tarrytown, North White Plains, Ossining, Peekskill, Pelham, Pleasantville, Pocantico Hills, Port Chester, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Purdys, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarborough, Scarsdale, Shenorock, Shrub Oak, Sleepy Hollow, Somers, South Salem, Tarrytown, Thornwood, Tuckahoe, Valhalla, Verplanck, Vista, Waccabuc, West Harrison, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown, Yorktown Heights,

In Putnam:  Brewster, Carmel, Cold Spring, Garrison, Kent, Lake Peekskill, Mahopac, Mahopac Falls, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Southeast,

In Dutchess:  Amenia, Annandale, Arlington, Bangall, Barrytown, Beacon, Beekman, Billings, Castle Point, Chelsea, Clinton Corners, Dover Plains, East Fishkill, Fishkill, Glenham, Holmes, Hopewell Junction, Hughsonville, Hyde Park, LaGrange, Milan, Millbrook, Millerton, North East, Pawling, Pine Plains, Pleasant Valley, Poughkeepsie, Poughquag, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rhinecliff, Salt Point, Staatsburg, Stanford, Stanfordville, Stormville, Tivoli, Union Vale, Verbank, Wappinger Falls, Washington, Wassaic, Wingdale,

New York State License #:  16000029952


Last modified: September 28, 2011