clean is the water from your well?
Hopewell Junction resident Robert Angevine asked himself this question a few years ago after some of his neighbors experienced well contamination from methyl tertiary butyl ether, known commonly as MTBE, a gasoline fuel additive.
Since then, Angevine has his water tested on a regular basis.
While tests have found no evidence of MTBE, recent results came back positive for coliform bacteria, prompting Angevine to install an ultraviolet filter.
“I have a 3-year-old child and another on the way,” said Angevine, who said the ultraviolet filter system will give him the peace of mind that his water will be free of contaminants.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, approximately 15 percent of Americans have their own sources of drinking water, such as wells, cisterns and springs.
The potential exists for groundwater to contain some natural impurities or contaminants, even with no human activity or pollution.