(WESTERVILLE, OH ) The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is applauding the introduction of the Test Your Well Water Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill was introduced Tuesday, July 20 by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-D) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-R).
The legislation instructs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create an online tool that provides private well owners with resources to test their drinking water and then better understand the results. This tool would promote transparency and streamline EPA resources to help people potentially exposed to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other contaminants.
“We applaud Congressman Kildee and Gallagher for their leadership in introducing the Test Your Well Water Act,” said National Ground Water Association CEO Terry S. Morse CAE, CIC. “This new tool will significantly increase water quality testing of private wells and will lead to healthier and safer communities. Water well owners are too often left out of the national discussion on improving water quality- so we are thankful for Congressmen Kildee and Gallagher’s efforts and look forward to working with Congress to pass this bill.”
While the Test Your Well Water Act failed to receive consideration in the Senate when originally introduced in 2019, the current bill’s language has already been incorporated in the INVEST Act and is expected to have a greater chance of passage this congressional session.