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The Safe Drinking Water Act does not protect private wells. It only applies to "public drinking water systems" - government or privately run companies supplying water to 25 people or 15 service connections for at least 60 days of the year. Individual well owners have primary responsibility for the safety of the water drawn from their wells. They do not benefit from the government's health protections for public water systems that must comply with federal and state regulations for frequent analysis, testing, and reporting of results.
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