Well Water Quality
The Environmental and Occupational Health Programs provide advice to private well owners on well water safety. We are available by telephone to provide help interpreting the results of well water tests (toll-free in Maine - 866-292-3474). These guidelines are not enforceable standards and are not applicable to the regulation of public water supplies where federal and state Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) are used for evaluating water quality.
Resources for Private Well Owners
- Wellwater.maine.gov - a website to link to state agencies that deal with well water
- BROCHURE: Is Your Well Water Safe to Drink? - A brochure identifying for what and how often you should test (pdf)
- POSTER: Is Your Well Water Safe to Drink?" (pdf)
- Tipsheet: Have you tested your well water for arsenic? (PDF)
- Tipsheet: Arsenic in Your Well Water (PDF)
- BROCHURE: Uranium in my Well Water, Now What do I do? (pdf)
Resources for Communities
Organizations interested in learning more about the drinking water that comes from private wells in Maine can use these resources to plan and evaluate community prevention activities, apply for funding, and monitor this important environmental health issue in Maine.
- MTBE in Maine Drinking Water-Executive Summary (pdf)
- MTBE in Maine Drinking Water-Full Report (Preliminary) (pdf)
- Procedures for Developing Maximum Exposure Guidelines (pdf)
- Table of Maximum Exposure Guidelines, October 2012 (pdf)
- Summary of Changes to Maximum Exposure Guidelines, October 2012 (pdf)
- Maximum Exposure Guideline for Radon in Drinking Water (pdf)
- Maximum Exposure Guideline for PFOA in Drinking Water (pdf)
- Contact the MeCDC Health & Environmental Testing Laboratory if you would like more information on how to get your well tested.
- Maine Drinking Water Program: Information on Private Wells for Homeowners.
- EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
- Maine Radiation Control Program. For questions about Radon.