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Old 02-15-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: north carolina
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I am just curious about well water contamination if you live near a farm. I seen some homes for sale near farms. would like the rural living aspect, but am concerned if contamiation is a problem. Just wanted everyones two cents if they have had a problem with their well being polluted with pesticides, nitrogen or ecoli.
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Old 02-15-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The County Health Department (actually a State agency) tests well water prior to any closing. No pass, no house sale.

Much of MD (and I'll probably get corrected on this) pulls well water from underground aquifers that are anywhere from 200 to 800 feet deep.

Most of the well contamination is found in the older dug wells that are less than 100 feet. Where you're looking on the Eastern Shore probably have quite a few of those remaining (maybe not, if it's a farm that irrigated, it'll have a newer deep well). Except for pockets most of the shallow wells are gone on the Western Shore except maybe in western MD.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Maryland - Howard County
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When purchasing a home, you have the right to test your Well water for any contamination, prior to the sale. You simply to make sure it is a part of your purchase contract and covers all of the tests you would like to do.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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When purchasing a home, you have the right to test your Well water for any contamination, prior to the sale. You simply to make sure it is a part of your purchase contract and covers all of the tests you would like to do.
True. HOWEVER, if the test fails because of bacteria (which is not uncommon), and the well has to be 'bleached' in order to complete the sale, this will not necessarily prevent a well from becoming recontaminated at a later date. BEWARE.
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