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PEHSU Factsheet on Lead and Drinking Water: Information for Health Professionals Across the United States (2016) > How do I counsel a family if they have well water?

How do I counsel a family if they have well water?

posted on Aug 1, 2019
  • Over 15 million U.S. households (approximately 15 to 20 percent of Americans) rely on private water wells for drinking water.
  • Pediatricians should ask whether a family drinks water from a private well. Households that use private wells should take special precautions to ensure the safety of their drinking water supplies, with minimum of annual testing and more frequent testing as indicated based on well and household changes requiring repeat of baseline tests. Further guidance can be found at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/123/6/1599.full