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Private Well Water Contamination

If you are thinking of selling your home, and your water source is a private well, it's a good idea to go ahead and get it tested. In fact, if you own a home with a well, it's also a good idea to protect your family from potentially harmful bacteria. You can do this as part of our Certified Pre-Owned process -

If you are selling your home, many buyers will be getting a loan and some loans require a well water test. It is not unusual for this to happen just days before your home closes, i.e., is transferred to the buyer. Should the well water 'fail', it could delay your closing. Remediation is usually by 'shocking' the well - this can be done by the homeowner, or call a company that deals with treatment and testing to do it for you.

In Western NC, this ranges from $400 and up. Once the well is shocked, the company can retest 24+ hours later to make sure the well is now clear. There are a number of companies that can do this for you in the Western North Carolina area, for example, A 1st Well Choice Service. Do you know a great well company? Comment below.

North Carolina produced a flyer on a common type of bacteria found in well water as follows:

If you have any questions about disinfecting your well, please call the Aquifer Protection Section Regional Office for your area.

The following is a list of Regional Offices.

Asheville Regional Office 2090 U.S. Highway 70 Swannanoa, NC 28778 • Phone: (828) 296-4500

Fayetteville Regional Office 225 Green Street, Suite 714 Fayetteville, NC 28301 • Phone: (910) 433-3300

Mooresville Regional Office 610 East Center Ave. • Suite 301 Mooresville, NC 28115 • Phone: (704) 663-1699

Raleigh Regional Office 3800 Barrett Drive, Suite 101 Raleigh, NC 27609 • Phone: (919) 791-4200

Washington Regional Office 943 Washington Square Mall Washington, NC 27889 • Phone: (252) 946-6481

Wilmington Regional Office 127 Cardinal Drive Extension Wilmington, NC 28405 • Phone: (910)-796-7215

Winston-Salem Regional Office 585 Waughtown Street Winston-Salem, NC 27107 • Phone: (336) 771-5000

Water well disinfection procedures are outlined in Title 15A North Carolina Administrative Code, Chapter 2C, Section .0111. The information in this pamphlet is a summary of those requirements. To get complete copies of these rules you may download them from our web page at or contact us at the following address: DWQ, Aquifer Protection Section 1636 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1636 Phone (919)733-3221 • Fax (919)715-0588


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