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Well Testing


What’s in your water? Make sure the water flowing from your tap is pollutant-free.  If your water comes from a private well, it’s up to you to make sure it is safe to drink!

 

 

80% of the households in our region depend upon private wells for drinking water. While commercial water companies are required by law to test customers’ water, owners of private wells are on their own. The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends that household water be tested once a year to ensure the well is free from harmful bacteria and nitrates. Testing can be expensive, but RHA has established a program that provides residents of the Raritan Headwaters region water tests by a state-certified lab at reasonable rates.


 How Do I Test My Well Water?

We offer discounted water tests for a wide variety of pollutants to residents. To make arrangements for a well test and/or discuss additional tests that may be of interest to you, please contact us at welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org or call the Well Test office at (908) 234-1852 ext. 401.

Testing your well just got easier. Now you can order a well test kit and pay online! Click here to get started!

Payment with check or cash is also accepted at our offices upon return of samples.

 

 

See our menu of testing options.

 

Community Well Testing in Your Municipality

RHA partners with municipalities throughout the region to offer residents the opportunity to test their well water. Towns decide when to offer the testing, the test dates are advertised and RHA provides testing kits to town hall. On a designated day, residents bring their water samples to the municipal building where volunteers sort and then deliver the samples to the RHA office, where they are picked up by a state-certified laboratory for analysis. Test results come directly to us, and we share the results directly with residents. This program makes the important practice of regular well testing even easier and more convenient for residents.

Please click here for more information and the current schedule of well testing events near you!

 

Note:

Results are sent via email to the address provided on the intake form. You should receive your results in 2 weeks. If you have not received results and 21 days have passed since your sample return date, please email welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org or call (908) 234-1852, ext. 401.

*Please also check your spam/junk/bulk folder for messages from welltesting@raritanheadwaters.org as emails from us may be filtered.

Thank you.

Watch these Well Test Instructional Videos to help you through the sampling process.

 

 

Visit the links below for more information on well testing, groundwater, and water quality in our watershed:

Learn More About Arsenic in Drinking Water With Our Arsenic Awareness Toolkit

The Quality of Our Groundwater: A Preliminary Analysis of Trends in Contaminants in Private Well Water in the North and South Branch Raritan Watershed (1984-2015)

 Facts about Chromium in Our Drinking Water

Private Well Class: The Private Well Class is designed to help a homeowner better understand how to properly care for their water well, to ensure their water remains safe to drink. By understanding the basic science of water wells and following best practices to maintain and protect water supplies, this class will provide a homeowner the tools needed to ensure a safe water supply and help extend the life of the well.