Department of Health and Human Services
One in every 10 private wells in Maine has arsenic levels above the standard for arsenic in public water supplies. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and may cause decrements in cognitive function. Maine survey data show that testing of private wells for arsenic occurs less frequently among low-income households.
This program will provide vouchers to low-income households for free well water testing for arsenic, with the water testing to be performed by the State Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory. Toxicologists will be available by phone to answer questions regarding well water test results. Referrals will be made to state agencies that can provide financial assistance with the cost of installing arsenic water treatment systems.