If you live outside the city limits, as I do, most likely you depend on a private well for your water. Public water systems are regulated by the government, but water quality in private wells is left up to the owner. That’s why I was pleased to see that the Colorado State University Extension has updated their bulletin, “Protecting Your Private Well.” The bulletin has information that will help you understand more about your water system, and help you evaluate activities around your home that may contaminate wells and groundwater.
Other publications that may be of interest:
- Bacteria in water wells, Colorado State University Extension
- Drinking Water from Household Wells, adapted by the Water Quality Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- “Groundwater Information and Well Permitting” website, Colorado Division of Water Resources
- How to interpret water test results for a private well. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Private Wells for Home Use, Colorado State University Extension
- When to test your well. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment