Well safety: New tools available for those seeking a safe water source

Well safety: New tools available for those seeking a safe water source Mon, 03/25/2013 – 11:00am | Debra Pressey

— Most people leave the safety of their drinking water in the hands of a local utility.

But for the 15 percent of Americans who depend on their own private wells, a safe drink of water requires some effort and understanding some basics about how wells work, experts say.

“A lot of times people say, ‘Oh, my water is fine; it tastes great,'” says Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey. “But that doesn’t mean your water is safe.”

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