If you get your drinking water from a private well or spring, you should have it tested on a regular basis so you can protect your family's health. Find out what you should test your drinking water for and how often.
If your drinking water test results show your water is contaminated, you’ll need to treat your water. Find out which drinking water treatment system will work best for your home.
Vermont law requires water to be tested when a new groundwater drinking source is installed for single-family residences. Find out what you need to do.
Copper is an essential nutrient for the human body and is found in some foods. It is also a metal commonly used in home plumbing systems and can get into drinking water. However, too much copper in the body can cause health effects.
Hydrogen sulfide gas can occur in wells anywhere in Vermont and gives the water a characteristic "rotten egg" taste or smell. Hydrogen sulfide gas or sulfur bacteria in your water can cause other problems:
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon may be present in both soil and water. Soil is the most common source of radon in your home. Well water that contains radon may increase the level of radon in a home. Activities—like taking showers, doing laundry, or running the dishwasher—can release radon into the air.
Arsenic is a natural element found in some rocks and soils in Vermont and may get into groundwater.
Dry cleaners use chemicals to clean clothes and other fabrics. When these chemicals are breathed in, they can be harmful to your health. They can remain in the environment for decades.
There are many chemicals in our environment. Some of them are in products we all use—including children’s products.
Manufacturers who use chemicals designated by the State of Vermont as Chemicals of High Concern to Children, must report information about these chemicals to the Health Department.