Tips, Testing and Information
Is My Well Water Safe to Drink? The only way to tell if your drinking water is safe is by having it tested at a certified laboratory. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses are invisible to the naked eye, so water which looks and tastes good may not necessarily be safe to drink or water that appears questionable may indeed be absolutely safe to drink. These microbes can exist in surface and groundwater supplies, and can cause immediate sickness in humans if not properly treated. Certain chemical contaminants that are sometimes found in a water source can cause long term health problems that take years to develop. Regular water testing will identify unsafe water and ensure that the treatment system is treating the water to a satisfactory level.

What Tests Should I Have Done? Useful tests are available to help determine the health and safety of a water supply, and the performance of a water treatment system. The Orange County Dept of Environmental Health can assist in selecting tests important for assessing your drinking water.

To view the list of New York State approved labs in Orange County, click here. If you would like more information, contact the OC Dept of Health at 845-291-2332.

Orange County Environmental Health, when necessary, issues Boil Water Advisories for municipal and community water supplies. Click here to view which communities may have been issued boil water advisories. We also recommend visiting their website for other public health announcements and news. Click here to visit the OC Environmental Health Dept website.

Well Water Testing Labs

For additional information about drinking water, visit the
New York State Health Department website (click here).