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.
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.
Vermont law requires all schools and licensed or registered child care facilities to test their drinking water for lead and remediate if levels are at or above 4 parts per billion (ppb).
While a major source of lead exposure in Vermont children is paint, lead in older plumbing and fixtures can add to a child’s overall lead exposure.
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.
Drought can cause groundwater levels to lower and could cause your drinking water source to run dry. Learn what you can do to manage your water supply during drought.
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.
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.