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Drinking water treatment

In 1984, according to the Texas Water Commission, 57 percent of Texas’ water requirement was supplied by aquifers. About 15 percent of Americans have their own sources of drinking water, such as wells, cisterns, and springs. Although most U.S. groundwater is safe for human use, groundwater contamination has been found in all 50 states.

Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, home wells do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source. Well owners need to be aware of potential health problems to ensure their water is of a suitable quality. Although there are many potential water pollutants that can be found in a home water well, materials on this site focus on four main contaminants: Arsenic, Nitrate, Perchlorate and Radionuclides.