drinking water

New Drilled Well Testing: What You Need to Know

In April 2019, a new Vermont law passed requiring testing of new groundwater resources for single-family residences. The requirement is in the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wastewater System and Potable Water Supply Rules (see the Water Quality section on page 194). Note that the Rules also talk about other situations when a groundwater drinking water source serving a single-family residence or other building must be tested.

Lead Testing of Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities 2019-20

Many Vermont schools and childcare facilities are in older buildings, which means they are more likely to have lead in their plumbing. Because there is no safe level of lead in the body, and young children absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do, it's important to ensure lead levels in drinking water are as low as possible. Fixing a lead in drinking water problem is often easy and low cost. Solutions can include replacing plumbing fixtures, removing redundant or seldom-used fixtures, and encouraging the use of centrally located, well-maintained bottle fill stations.

Climate Change and Drought

Drought is a prolonged dry period caused by less than normal rainfall or snowfall for an extended period of time. Drought can lead to water shortages, meaning there is less water available for drinking, food production and swimming. It can also lead to other impacts such as poor water quality and more wildfires. Drought can affect our physical and mental health as well as the local economy. Drought conditions sometimes take years to develop and can last as short as one season or as long as many decades.

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Stay Safe in a Flood

Vermont’s rivers, streams and lakes can be harmful to our health and safety when they flood. Learn about the steps you can take to stay safe before, during and after a flood.


Flood Watch means a flood is possible in your area.
Flood Warning means a flood is about to happen or is happening in your area.

Radon in Drinking Water

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. Activitieslike taking showers, doing laundry, or running the dishwashercan release radon into the air.

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