Water Testing Requirements for Existing Wells in CT

The State of Connecticut requirements to determine if your well water is safe for consumption in an existing well are listed below. Homeowners with private wells have the responsibility of havign their well water tested regularly. Some common contaminants have no taste, odor or color. The only way to know whether they are present, and at what levels, is to have the water tested. Once you test the water, you can make an informed decision to either filter or otherwise treat the water before using it if necessary.

Current requirements for existing wells in CT:

  • Coliform & E.coli Bacteria
  • Total Chlorine
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Hardness
  • Magnesium
  • Sulfate
  • Nitrates
  • Nitrites
  • Color
  • Odor
  • pH
  • Turbidity

To help prevent your Connecticut well water from contamination, keep in mind that what is in or on the ground near the well can affect the water that you take from the well. Be attentive to the area within 100 feet of your well. In this area, avoid compost or manure piles; storing or applying chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides; parking motor vehicles; fueling yard equipment; and stockpiling snow removed from roads or parking lots treated with salt. If you have a septic system, make sure that it is well maintained.

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