Drinking Water Quality
EXCELLENT: University of Georgia Extension Service: Water Quality and Common Treatments for Private Drinking Water Systems (30 pg. pdf). Drinking water problems and solutions presented for the layman.
EPA Groundwater and Drinking Water – A broad-based portal of government resources.
EPA Drinking Water Contaminants – Standards and Regulations
Maine Drinking Water Program – Here to help Mainers understand their water. Useful tips about local concerns, with no commercial bias. Talk to a real person!
Monday-Friday 8AM – 5PM
EPA: Human Health and Contaminated Water – Simple overview of typical drinking water issues in the US.
EXCELLENT: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The USGS Water Science School (website) – All about groundwater and your well, surface water, water science, common contaminants, etc.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Groundwater and the Rural Homeowner (website/pdf) – Slightly more scientific approach to thinking about your well and the greater hydrologic landscape. Nice pictures.
National Toxic Substances Portal (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – An encyclopedia of toxic substances with detailed information from a medical perspective.
EPA Fact Sheets for Pollutants in Ground- and Drinking- Water – Information on drinking water contaminants, well water care, water utility compliance, etc.
EPA Chemistry Dashboard – A deep dive into 765,000 chemicals. Technical. Excellent research portal.
Well Siting and Care
State of Maine Information for well water quality:
Maine Geological Survey – Information for Homeowners (“Understanding Ground Water and Wells”):
National Ground Water Association – Well Owner.org, the consumer website of the NGWA – everything wells
Siting a Well – Sources of Potential Contamination (ME DWP, 1 page pdf)
ME DWP Well-siting PWS Potential Sources of Contamination
How to Shock Chlorinate Your Well (webpage on this site)