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HEALTH announces new online resources to monitor drinking water quality

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In conjunction with National Drinking Water Week (May 6-12), the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has announced two resources to help Rhode Islanders monitor the quality of their drinking water.

Private well owners can now create a detailed list of recommended tests for their well using HEALTH's new Internet-based Private Well Testing Viewer. Using this new technology, well owners simply type in their address or click at the well location, and the tool creates a list of tests specific to that location and time, based on information the system has gathered about well test results from the surrounding area.

"As one of the few states with a private well testing law and regulations, Rhode Island continues its leadership role with the creation of the Private Well Testing Viewer," says Michael Fine, M.D., director of HEALTH. "This new resource allows Rhode Island's private well owners to test for issues most likely to affect drinking water quality in their specific location and become knowledgeable about — and protect themselves from — environmental exposures that may occasionally be present in private wells."

The Private Well Testing Viewer can be accessed at

Also available to all Rhode Islanders is HEALTH's Drinking Water Watch system, an online database that contains information about public water systems in Rhode Island. Updated daily by the Rhode Island Office of Drinking Water Quality, available information includes test results for bacteriological, organic and inorganic chemistry, monitoring frequency and histories of violations. The Drinking Water Watch system can be accessed at


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