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Introduction: Although 30-50% of Vermont citizens rely on private wells for drinking water, there is no state requirement for regular contaminant testing. As a consequence, it is possible that private well users may be exposed to a variety of potential health hazards, including bacteria, arsenic, fluoride, and radionuclides. Our group sought to better understand public awareness of testing recommendations, how often private well users have their wells tested, and what obstacles may be keeping them from doing so. With this information we hope to learn more about how Vermonters are using private wells, and how we can better serve public health in Vermont


Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Razelle Hoffman-Contois, MS, Vermont Department of Health

William Bress, PhD, Vermont Department of Health


Vermont Department of Health Environmental Health Division


Environmental Health


Presented at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC, October 31, 2011 as "Well Water Safety: A Study in Publ

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Well Water Safety: A Study in Public Awareness