Drinking water from private wells and risks to children

Academic Article


  • Drinking water for approximately one sixth of US households is obtained from private wells. These wells can become contaminated by pollutant chemicals or pathogenic organisms and cause illness. Although the US Environmental Protection Agency and all states offer guidance for construction, maintenance, and testing of private wells, there is little regulation. With few exceptions, well owners are responsible for their own wells. Children may also drink well water at child care or when traveling. Illness resulting from children's ingestion of contaminated water can be severe. This policy statement provides recommendations for inspection, testing, and remediation for wells providing drinking water for children. Copyright © 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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  • Pediatrics  Journal
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    Author List

  • Binns HJ; Forman JA; Karr CJ; Osterhoudt K; Paulson JA; Roberts JR; Sandel MT; Seltzer JM; Wright RO; Blackburn E
  • Start Page

  • 1599
  • End Page

  • 1605
  • Volume

  • 123
  • Issue

  • 6