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Executive Summary

The goal of the Private Well Testing Act (PWTA or Act) is to ensure that purchasers and lessees of properties served by private potable wells are fully aware of the quality of the drinking water source prior to sale or lease of a home or business.

The New Jersey Private Well Testing Act, as set forth at N.J.S.A. 58:12A-26 et seq., was signed into law in March of 2001 and became effective in September 2002. State lawmakers were prompted to pass the PWTA because of private well contamination discovered throughout the State. To address this concern, the PWTA requires the buyer or the seller of real property to test the well water prior to sale and review the results prior to closing of title. It also requires landlords to test the private well water supplied to their tenants and provide their tenants with a written copy of the results. The data generated by this program are provided to the homeowners by the laboratory performing the analyses and then sent to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Bureau of Safe Drinking Water. The NJDEP notifies local health agencies when a well within their jurisdiction is tested under the PWTA. The data from the PWTA are used by NJDEP to assess the quality of the water from private wells throughout the state.

The information in this report meets the confidentiality requirements of the Act; the Act allows the release of PWTA information as a compilation of water test results by state,

region and county and municipality. The addresses or locations are not included. available free of charge to the public.

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Summary of Well Test Results for September 2002 – April 2007

This is the second report summarizing the results from the Private Well Testing Act. It follows the release of the initial PWTA report in March 2004, entitled Initial Well Test Results for September 2002 – March 2003. This report provides a summary of the water test results submitted to the NJDEP in the first four and half years of the PWTA Program, over the period of September 2002 to April 2007, and confirms many of the findings identified in the initial report.

A total of 55,749 well water samples were analyzed from 51,028 separate wells during the period of September 2002 to April 2007. The samples results are biased using the highest test result value when more than one sample was collected at the same

property.

The 51,028 wells sampled

private wells used for drinking water in

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