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What’s in Your Water?

Did you know that it’s important to maintain the quality of your water? Especially if you’re a homeowner relying on a well for drinking water. Less than half of Maine private wells have been tested for naturally occurring toxic chemicals. We want to help spread awareness of water testing so our customers can be sure their families are safe.

The majority of water sourced from private wells is groundwater, which is filtered through many layers of bedrock and sand. Naturally occurring elements such as arsenic, radon, and uranium can be found in the bedrock, which can contaminate your water source and are harmful at high levels. You can’t see, taste, or smell these contaminants, but they pose a serious health risk to you and your family.

Potential contaminants and risks:

  • Arsenic – it’s estimated that more than 100,000 Maine wells are contaminated with arsenic which can lead to learning disabilities and bladder, lung, and skin cancers.
  • Radon – 1 in 5 Maine homes is affected by high levels of radon in water. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
  • Uranium – of the wells tested throughout Maine, approximately 51% tested above the state guidelines for uranium. Long term exposure can lead to increased risk of cancer and liver damage.

The simplest way to ensure your well water is safe is to have it tested annually. Water quality can change over time due to environmental factors, which is why it’s important to continue regular testing – even if previous tests came back fine. If you’re unsure where to begin, Dead River Company’s water treatment division, Dunbar Water, can help.