DRINKING WATER, WELLS,
SEPTIC & SEWAGE DISPOSAL
Drinking Water Analysis
What is in your water? Whether it is a private well or public water there have been many concerns lately regarding water quality, including lead, being found in drinking water. Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission is pleased to announce that it offers a water testing program run in conjunction with a New Jersey state-certified laboratory.
A complete water analysis includes testing for:
Volatile Organic Compounds
The cost of the complete analysis is $275.00.
The cost of a lead-only analysis is $65.
Testing is simple to conduct. Kits are available at Northwest Bergen Regional Health Commission, 20 West Prospect Street, Waldwick.
This test is not eligible for the sale of a home required for the Private Well Testing Act. If you prefer a specific test vs. a complete analysis, a price chart is available.
Water test kits must be picked up in advance and payment is due at the time of pick up. Testing is completed on the first Monday of each month. Only cash or check are accepted. Checks may be made payable to NWBRHC.
Drinking Water and Public Health
New Jersey offers some of the purest and safe drinking water anywhere. But it remains important to understand the impact of possible contaminants to public water supplies and private wells. For additional information please note the following information from the New Jersey Department of Health Drinking Water and Public Health Project.
Additional Helpful Links:
Maintaining your Septic and Well
For homes that depend on their own private well for a drinking water supply and an individual underground sewage disposal system (septic system) to dispose of sewage. It is important to monitor and maintain both of these systems. The following information is about testing your well water and maintaining your sewage disposal system.
Underground Sewage Disposal / Septic Systems
NWBRHC urges local property owners to protect their investments by pumping their septic tank every 3 years. For homes that depend on underground septic tank sewage disposal systems to manage domestic sewage, these types of systems collect sewage solids in the septic tank. If the solids are not removed from the septic tank by pumping on a periodic basis, they overflow the tank and are pushed out into the drainage field, often clogging and causing permanent damage to the field. Repairs to the clogged drainage fields or seepage pits can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
The New Jersey Private Well Testing Act, N.J.S.A. 58:12A-26 et seq. (PWTA) requires that, when property with certain types of drinking water wells is sold or leased, the well water must be tested for contaminants. The results of the water testing must be reviewed by both the buyer and seller, or in the case of a leased property, by the lessee.
Homeowners are encouraged to periodically test their wells to ensure the continued integrity of your drinking water supply.
The private well testing act requires that homes in Bergen County be tested for the following contaminants: total coliform bacteria, fecal coliform bacteria (E-coli), nitrate, iron, manganese, pH, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), lead, arsenic and mercury and Radiological compounds.
For additional information please see these helpful links:
Septic Plan Reviews/Alterations/Repair
For Old Tappan- Contact NWBRHC @ 201 445-7217
For Saddle River- Contact Martin Spence @ 201 934-0300