PROBLEM: CONTAMINATED DRINKING OR SURFACE WATERS

Risks:

Health risks are magnified by possible ingestion of contaminated water. Drinking contaminated water can cause health problems such as dysentery, hepatitis, and, for infants, methemoglobinemia.

Potential Causes:

  • System too close to well, water table, or fractured bedrock
  • Cesspool or drywell in use
  • Sewage discharges to surface or ground water
  • Improper well construction
  • Broken water supply pipe
  • Well casing damaged
  • Contamination from other sources
     

Potential Remedies:

  • Replace your well and/or septic system
  • Repair well casing or plumbing
  • Contact your health department to investigate other potential sources
  • Repair broken sewage lines