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Figure E2: Percent of Wells with Results that Exceeded the Recommended Upper Limit for Secondary Parameters (Of 51,028 wells)

Percent of Wells Exceeding Secondary Standards

P E R C E N T

50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0

Iron

Manganese

pH

Benefits of the Private Well Testing Act

As a result of the Private Well Testing Act, buyers and sellers of real property whose potable water source is a well that is subject to the PWTA, obtain information regarding the quality of the supplied drinking water and how their untreated water quality compares to the state and federal standards for the parameters required to be analyzed under the PWTA rules. The data that are collected in accordance with the PWTA provides valuable information concerning the ground water quality. These test results allow both parties to make informed decisions as to the potability of the untreated water. Information about financial assistance to pay for treatment of groundwater contamination is also provided with each test result.

Similarly, landlords of real property where the source of potable water is a well that is subject to the Act are also required to test the drinking water being supplied to their tenants, and to share this information with the tenants accordingly. As a result of the PWTA, certain private well owners are now provided with pertinent information regarding untreated ground water quality.

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