A private well means that it is your responsibility to have the water checked. All new wells must have tests submitted to the town health department before a new water supply is approved for use.

It’s not a bad idea to have a bacterial check done on an annual basis. If you suspect the well has been damaged by construction or landscaping, it might be a good idea to have it tested. In addition, if you notice a strange taste or a funny odor in your water, have the well tested. Various private laboratories can test your water quality; look under Laboratories — Testing in the yellow pages or online directory.