SC-012: TWON: Hydraulic Fracturing and Your Drinking Water Well
Hydraulic Fracturing and Your Drinking Water Well information sheet

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Publication Date: 2014 Aug

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Under current regulations and when the drilling process is managed properly, hydraulic fracturing is unlikely to harm your well water. However, the owner of a private water well who uses it as a source of drinking water is responsible for ensuring that the water is safe for consumption. Because the quality of well water can change, private well owners should have a water sample tested to serve as a baseline and then test periodically thereafter (typically once a year) to monitor the quality of water in their wells. This publication lists the recommended tests for water from wells near natural gas or oil development wells. Go to: ESC-012 to order a free electronic download.