Level or Recommended www.state.nj.us/dep/pwta
Limit please see Appendix
for links to other
D or visit our website at
www.epa.gov/safewater. You may also call the USEPA Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 to obtain a copy of USEPA's pamphlet entitled "Home Water Treatment Units"
Summary of the New Jersey Private Well Testing Act
The Private Well Testing Act requires that private well(s) on properties involved in certain real estate transactions to be tested for a specific list of drinking water parameters (see Table 1). Some parts of the Act became effective immediately, but the testing requirements did not become effective until September 14, 2002 to allow the NJDEP time to promulgate regulations that provided details for the implementation of
the Act. properties
Beginning September with private wells, and
water tested before going forward notified of the test results prior to
14, 2002, certain contracts of sale involving real some public wells, were required to have the well with the real estate closing. The buyer and seller are the closing and both must attest to the fact that the
test results have been reviewed. The well water must be tested for the parameters listed in the Act and for the supplementary 7:9E et seq. Once the sample analysis is completed, a copy of
by a laboratory certified parameters in N.J.A.C. the test results must be
given to the person who submitted electronically to such as results, address or Act.
requested the test on a standardized form and must be NJDEP. Specific information about individual water tests, other location information is confidential as mandated by the
Table 1: List of Private Well Testing Act Analytes
Bacteriological Total Coliform (Fecal or E. coli)
With Optimum Range pH
Organics All Volatile Organic Compounds with Maximum Contaminant Levels
With Recommended Upper Limits Iron Manganese
Inorganics Arsenic* Lead Mercury* Nitrates
Radiological 48-Hour Rapid Gross Alpha Particle Activity*
*These contaminants are required only in certain counties.