more people are becoming concerned about the safety of their drinking
water. Whether a private well or municipality supplies the water, their
concerns are real. A study conducted by Cornell University found that
63% of rural household water supplies serving more than 13 million households
are considered unsafe under the standards established by the Federal Safe
Drinking Water Act. The General Accounting Office of the U.S. Government
reports that about 20% of the nations 65,000 community water systems do
not meet these same standards. As reported in the New Jersey Bergen Record,
environmental officials indicated that nearly a third of the private wells
tested under a new state law are contaminated with pollution linked to
cancer, breathing problems, and other serious illnesses.
the property you are buying is serviced by a public water supply,
H&J Freile recommends that you consider performing a water analysis
for commonly occurring contaminants in public water. H&J Freile offers
an informational water analysis package called Watertest. Watertest checks
33 parameters in the water specifically contaminants commonly found in
a private well provides potable water to the property you are buying,
the New Jersey Private Well Testing Act requires that the well be tested
prior to closing. The water sample must be taken and tested by a laboratory
certified by the NJDEP. H&J Freile is certified by the state to take
the water sample and test on-site parameters. The remaining tests are
performed by our strategic lab partner, also certified by the state. The
water must be tested for: total coliform bacteria, iron, manganese, pH,
all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with established Maximum Contaminant
Levels, nitrate, and lead. If total coliform bacteria are detected, a
test must also be conducted for fecal coliform or E. coli. Certain counties
require testing for mercury, arsenic, and gross alpha.
recent New Jersey law takes a major step in helping to protect you and
your familys health and financial investment, but there are some
additional things to consider. The PWTA requires that the water sample
be taken before any water filtration or conditioning system and many potential
contaminants are still not tested. H&J Freile recommends that you
consider performing a water analysis for as broad a range of contaminants
as possible and to perform a post filter test to verify operation of the
filter. Why wouldnt you want to know what is in youre drinking
water? H&J Freile offers an economical informational water analysis
called Watercheck. Watercheck will test the water for 90 parameters, many
of which are harmful contaminants such as, PCBs, pesticides, herbicides,
organics and volatile organics, inorganics, and metals including lead
is an informational test, not a regulatory test. Watercheck is much more
economical than a regulatory test because it is not subject to the same
reporting and testing requirements. This makes it an economical and smart
choice for homeowners that desire to test their well on a annual basis.
Watercheck tests for all of the contaminants required by the New Jersey
PWTA, except gross alpha were required.
private well or public authority supplies your water, H&J Freile can
arrange for testing of any specific contaminant that can be found in water.
The most requested water test that we offer is for the presence of lead,
which is commonly introduced by the plumbing in the house, such as, brass
fixtures or lead solder used at pipe joints.
municipalities and lending institutions require additional specific water
tests to be performed prior to the sale of a home with a private well.
Check with your lending company and local municipality for specific requirements.
Below is a partial listing of special water testing requirements for several
lending institutions and municipalities. The list is provided for your
convenience but is subject to change and should be verified by you with
the appropriate authority prior to ordering the water test:
mortgages: NJ PWTA; suggested additional test for Lead (first draw). For more complete information on testing of individual wells from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development see Mortgagee Letter 95-34 – a pdf version of the letter is available by clicking here.
Borough: NJ PWTA plus Corrosivity, Hardness and Lead (1st draw). The following additional (optional) post-treatmenttests are also suggested: Arsenic, Copper, Iron, Manganese and Surfacants.
Boro: Accepts NJ PWTA report. A special form must be obtained from the Boro and be completed by a NJ DEP certified laboratory.
Township: NJ PWTA plus Fluoride, Hardness*, Corrosivity* and Lead* (1st draw). If water treatment equipment is present, water sampled post-treatment (at a point of consumption tap) must be tested for Total coliform** and pH**.
* Must be tested in water sampled post-treatment
** Must also be sampled pre-treatment to meet NJ PWTA requirements
Township, Morris County: NJ PWTA plus copper. If water treatment / purification devices are in place, an additional test for total coliform bacteria, plus any other primary drinking water parameter(s) treated for by the system, must be performed at a primary cold water non-aerated tap with the treatment device functioning. Contact health department for information packet, (908) 876-3650