Drinking groundwater and well water safety

Learn about the possible health risks for drinking groundwater and well water and how to prevent illness.

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Possible health risks of drinking groundwater and well water

Typically, groundwater is naturally clean and safe to drink. Because the soil on top acts as a filter, groundwater is usually free of micro-organisms that may cause disease. However, groundwater can become contaminated if the casings or caps for wells are not installed in the correct way.

Health effects that come from drinking contaminated water include:

How to prevent illness from drinking groundwater and well water

In order to prevent illness, people who use well water should maintain their well properly and test their well water regularly.

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