New Jersey is the only state in the nation that requires mandatory statewide private well testing upon the sale of a house. The fundamental goal of the Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) is to ensure that purchasers and lessors of properties served by private potable wells are fully aware of the quality of the untreated drinking water sources prior to sale or lease.
The New Jersey Private Well Testing Act as set forth by N.J.S.A. 58:12A-26 et seq., was signed into law in March of 2001 and became effective in September 2002. State lawmakers were prompted to pass the PWTA because of private well contamination discovered throughout the state. The data generated by this program are sent to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Bureau of Safe Drinking Water; local health agencies are notified when water quality exceeds drinking water standards within their jurisdiction. NJDEP uses these data to assess the quality of the water from private wells on a statewide basis.
The above information is provided by the NJ Environmental Protection Agency, for more detailed information on Wells, Well Water, and Well Water Inspection please visit the agency’s web site.