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Informing owners about the need to test their wells, and the importance of treating drinking water for arsenic when results show levels exceeding the standards.

Many northern New Jersey residents get their drinking water from private wells, and NJ Private Well Testing Act results from 2002-2012 show that >9% of wells tested exceed state limits for arsenic in drinking water, and in some townships >40% of private wells tested exceeded state limits.

Private Well Owners

  1. TEST – the only way to learn if your water has unsafe levels of arsenic or other contaminants is to test it.
    Click here for a list of certified labs using the most sensitive methods available to test for arsenic.
    Click here to watch a short video about testing your well water for arsenic
  2. TREAT – if your water has unsafe levels of arsenic switch to drinking and cooking with bottled water and assess your treatment options.
    Click here for a list of companies in New Jersey offering treatment for private wells contaminated with arsenic. Click here for FAQs about choosing an arsenic treatment system.
    Click here to watch a short video about treating your private well water for arsenic.
  3. MONITOR – if you treat your water for arsenic, test your water again after installation to make sure it’s working and then annually.
    Click here for FAQs about maintaining an arsenic treatment system.

Health Care Providers

If your patients have private wells, let them know they need to test their water to know if it’s safe to drink. Testing and treatment companies, FAQs and videos are available on this website (tinyurl.com/arsenichelp).

Infants and children are the most vulnerable to the health risks of arsenic. Click here for an overview of health risks.

If you’re practicing obstetrics or pediatrics in Hunterdon County let your patients know free well water testing is available through Columbia University.

To get started with free tests for your patients or if you have any questions get in touch with Stuart Braman at sbraman@ldeo.columbia.edu.