The most important liquid on Earth
Water is a vital element in each of our lives. Not only is it essential to our health, but we also use it for ___VARIOUS___ household tasks. Every day we use water for cooking, bathing, and cleaning, and drinking; but how often do we think about its source?
___CONSUMERS___ receive their water from one of two sources: a private well, or a community water system.
Approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population relies on ___INDIVIDUALLY___ owned and operated sources of drinking water, such as wells, cisterns, and springs. The majority of household wells are found in rural areas.
Those who receive their water from a private well are solely ___RESPONSIBLE___ for the safety of the water.
Private wells are not subject to different federal ___REGULATIONS___, and are generally regulated on a very limited basis by states.
Local health departments may assist well owners with ___PERIODIC___ testing for bacteria or nitrates, but the bulk of the responsibility for caring for the well falls on the well owner.