Safe Drinking Water/Private Wells
Our Position: support
Bill Number: S2873
Legislative Session: 2006
HB 2873 requires for the first time that North Carolina counties to inspect and test private wells.
The bill requires counties to set up an inspection program and test for 17 different elements and compounds, as well as for bacteria and acidity.
Signed into law on 08/07/2006
About 2.7 million state residents rely on well water, but only a third of the counties actually have some kind of plan in place to oversee well construction or well testing. Governor Easley led the way in structuring a compromise acceptable to all involved, including NC DENR, the Homebuilders and the Realtors. This is a critical step towards securing clean drinking water for North Carolinians.