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More than 2.3 million people in North Carolina rely on private wells as their primary source of drinking water.

Andrew George

The Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) is working to document and respond to private well contamination in environmental justice communities in North Carolina in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Fry, UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP).

Through the UNC SRP’s Community Engagement Core, CPES works to help communities test and protect their private wells and learn about the health impacts of drinking contaminated water.

By offering free well tests and, when contaminants are identified, filters, we have helped some of NC’s most vulnerable populations to understand and respond to well water contamination in their communities.

This work builds upon work done in partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and other state agencies to map the distribution of contaminants found in NC private drinking water wells and develop an online resource for North Carolina well owners.