Aren’t water supplies tested and treated to be safe?
Public water systems must meet minimum water quality standards to be considered safe and reliable. A water system can include those of a city and town, down to a small home owners’ association or commercial business. These systems must test their wells on a regular basis to show they meet the minimum standards. Or if necessary install treatment if the samples show the water supply is contaminated.

Many residents, however, rely on private or shared drinking water wells that are not regulated. These residents are responsible for testing their own well to make sure it is safe to drink. They can best protect themselves by having samples analyzed from their drinking water wells by a certified lab at least once a year for bacteria and nitrate.

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1. Why should I test my water?
2. Aren’t water supplies tested and treated to be safe?
3. How do I have my water tested?
4. Where do I go to get my water tested?
5. How much does the water test cost?
6. What do my test results mean?
7. What should I do if I find out my water isn’t safe to drink?
8. Where can I get more information?