In conjunction with National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2016, the
Department of Public Health asks Connecticut residents with a private well to take some time to locate
their well, inspect it for structural problems, evaluate surrounding land around the well to protect from
contamination, and most importantly, have the well water tested.

Thousands of Connecticut residents rely on groundwater supplies every day. Approximately 23% of the
state’s population is served by their own private residential well.

Homeowners with their own private wells use groundwater every day for drinking, cooking, bathing,
cleaning, agriculture, cooling and heating. Water plays an essential role in everyone’s life but, many are
not aware how much of their water comes from the ground. National Groundwater Awareness Week is an
annual observance sponsored by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) that stresses how
important groundwater is to the health of all people and the environment.

For more information on what to look for when inspecting your well, what you should have your water
tested for and how often to test, and common well contaminants and water treatment options, please
check out the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health’s Private Well Program website at: