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Testing Your Drinking Water

Public Water System

  • Water Treatment PlantIf you receive a water bill, then your drinking water most likely is from a public water system.
  • Public water systems perform routine tests regulated by Federal and State standards. 
  • Public water systems (that serve the same people year round) are required by law to provide their customers with a water quality report, also known as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).

What is a Water Quality Report or CCR?

  • The CCR is a summary report regarding water sources used (rivers, lakes, aquifers), any detected contaminants, compliance, and educational materials.

How To Find My Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)

Private Well Water

  • If your drinking water source comes from a private well, it is the owner’s responsibility to test your well water for contaminants.
  • You can test a sample of your well water at any DHEC County Office.
  • Fees may apply

Maintenance & Care Tips for Your WellWell

  • Have your water tested every year for bacteria and nitrates.
  • Be sure the well cover, cap, and casing are in good repair and install a locking well cap.
  • Check your well each month for visible signs of cracking or corrosion.
  • Keep hazardous chemicals like paint, fertilizer, pesticides, gasoline, and motor oil away from your well.
  • Use fertilizer and pesticides properly.
    • Do not mix them near the well so you don’t contaminate your water source.
  • Have your septic system checked each year and pumped every 3-5 years.

Testing Your Well Water at DHEC

For Bacteria…
  • Residential well owners most commonly request their water sample be tested for bacteria.Drinking Water Sample Kit
  • Where to Go:
    • You can pick up a water sample kit at any DHEC County Office.
    • DHEC accepts samples on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.
  • Important Instructions for Collection:
    • Make sure to read the instructions carefully and return your sample to any DHEC County Office as soon as possible after collection (not to exceed 30 hours after collection).
  • What to Expect:
    • You will receive the results by mail in two to three weeks along with an explanation of the results and an invoice for $20.
For Metals and Minerals…
  • You can also test for metals and minerals in your drinking water.
    • Bring a sample of your water (in a plastic bottle) to any DHEC County Office, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Fees may apply.

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