To the Editor:
Think your well water’s safe enough to drink?
It probably is, but it’s still necessary to have it tested once a year, just to be on the safe side, according to The National Groundwater Association.
While a pasture, lawn or golf course may look harmless, what has seeped below the surface and into a water source over time may not be. Everything from fertilizers, to a neighbor's failing septic system, to livestock waste, or a former landfill, increases the chance that something toxic could have found its way into your drinking water.
The Pulitzer-Prize winning book Toms River is a sober reminder of what can occur to community water sources when industrial chemicals invade the ground. Other reminders include the state’s Superfund Sites, where industrial waste was buried and allowed to leech into groundwater and well systems.
Here at the Raritan Headwaters Association, we offer a “basic kit” for coliform bacteria and nitrates for $60. Residents can also test for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), arsenic, lead, pesticides and a variety of other potential contaminants at an additional cost. Homeowners can also obtain RHA well test kits through their local towns.
The Fall 2015 testing schedule is just getting underway, with the following municipalities testing on the following days:
Delaware Township – Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Raritan Township – Tuesday, Oct. 20, Thursday, Oct. 22.
Readington Township – Monday, Oct. 19, Wednesday, Oct. 28
Tewksbury Township – Tuesday, Oct. 27, Wednesday, Oct. 28
Clinton – Monday, Nov. 2
Of course, those who miss their community well test days still have the opportunity to have their water tested by RHA throughout the year.
Executive Director Raritan Headwaters Association
2121 Larger Cross Road