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New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act, No. A1306: What You Need to Know

New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act, No. A1306, was signed into law in 2001 and became effective in 2002. The law requires sellers of property with private wells in New Jersey to test the untreated groundwater for a variety of water quality parameters, including up to 43 human health concerns. The test results must be reviewed prior to closing of title. Landlords are also required to test their well water once every five years and to provide each tenant with a copy of the test results.


New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act, No. A1306

The Private Well Testing Act is a consumer information law that is designed to protect homeowners and tenants from exposure to contaminated drinking water. Private wells are not regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, so it is important for homeowners to have their water tested regularly.


What contaminants are tested for under the Private Well Testing Act?

The Private Well Testing Act requires testing for a wide range of contaminants, including:

  • Bacteria

  • Nitrates

  • Nitrites

  • Arsenic

  • Lead

  • Mercury

  • Uranium

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

  • Pesticides

  • Herbicides

  • PFAS

Who is responsible for paying for the private well test?

The seller of the property is responsible for paying for the private well test. However, the buyer and seller may agree to split the cost of the test.


Where can I get my private well tested?

Only state-certified laboratories (like Agra Environmental) can perform private well tests in New Jersey. A list of state-certified laboratories can be found on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) website.


New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act, No. A1306

What should I do if my private well tests positive for a contaminant?

If your private well tests positive for a contaminant, you should contact a qualified water treatment professional to discuss your options. There are a variety of water treatment systems available that can remove contaminants from drinking water.


New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act is an important law that protects homeowners and tenants from exposure to contaminated drinking water. If you have a private well in New Jersey, it is important to have your water tested regularly.


Buying or selling a home and need to have your water tested? Agra has been testing water for homeowners and businesses for 25 years. Contact us today: 973-989-0010, or e-mail: rfurrey@agra.us

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