IT’S TIME TO PROMOTE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS

Unlike with public water systems, there are currently no statewide protections to ensure private well water is safe from contaminants like PFAS, arsenic, radon, and more. You can make a difference in ensuring all Massachusetts residents have safe water to drink!

THE PROBLEM

In Massachusetts, over half a million households rely on private wells for their drinking water, however many of these households are consuming water that may be unsafe.

THE SOLUTION

Learn about why statewide legislation is needed to provide similar protections for residents relying on private wells as for residents served by public water systems.

Coalition Members

Led by RCAP Solutions and The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the Coalition is made up of diverse organizations and individuals with a common goal of safe drinking water for all.

MassDEP Sampling Program Towns
85 towns in Massachusetts have 60% or more residents served by private wells.
urgent statewide problem

This is an urgent statewide problem, and it deserves a statewide solution! 85 towns in Massachusetts have 60% or more residents served by private wells.
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THIS PROBLEM CAN BE SOLVED

This problem can be solved, but it will take leadership from community advocates, non-profit organizations, legislators, and others. Join the Coalition today!
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COALITION FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER

The Coalition for Safe Drinking Water is a group of diverse individuals and organizations advocating for equitable access to safe, clean drinking water for private well homeowners across the state.
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UNEQUAL DRINKING WATER PROTECTIONS

Residents who live in municipalities with public water systems are more likely to have access to safe drinking water than residents who don’t.

SENSIBLE, HEALTH-BASED REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE WELLS

Oregon, Rhode Island, and New Jersey require private well water be tested upon transfer of a home.

PFAS ARE IN PRIVATE WELLS TOO

Often referred to as “forever chemicals”, there is growing concern that PFAS in drinking water can have negative health impacts.

500,000

households in Massachusetts rely on private wells for their drinking water

12+

towns selected to participate in the private well program

502

private well water quality tests conducted

32%

of private wells had levels of contaminants exceeding state health standards and/or suggesting potential health risks

Join the Coalition Today!

You can make a difference in ensuring all Massachusetts residents have safe water to drink!