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Private Well Testing Act

Regulations 7:9E - Effective Sept. 16, 2002

Garden State Laboratories, Inc. is pleased to provide sampling and analytical services in accordance with New Jersey's Private Well Testing Act, No.A1306. This law mandates that whenever a property with a private well is sold or leased, certain drinking water tests must be performed and the results given to both the buyer and seller prior to closing, or the lessor and lessee. Results must also be submitted electronically to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Sample results that exceed State standards will be forwarded by the NJDEP to the local health authority. The local health authority has the option to notify other properties in the area suggesting or recommending testing for these parameter(s). The specific address or location of the private well that exceeded standards shall not be identified in the notice by any other means or in any other manner. The testing requirement for rental properties must have been completed by March 14, 2004 and every 5 years thereafter.


                  Total Coliform bacteria (and E.coli if needed), pH, nitrate, iron, manganese, lead, arsenic, EDB, DBCP, 1,2,3 TCP, PFOA, PFOS, PFNA,                               gross alpha particle activity (48 hour) and volatile organic compounds.

                  Mercury is required for wells located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem Counties.

                  Uranium is required for wells located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren                    Counties.

                  In addition, GSL can also test treated water for requested parameters.

All sampling must be done by a NJDEP certified laboratory or its' authorized representative. Field pH analysis must be performed by a NJDEP certified laboratory. The PWTA water sample must be raw, untreated well water. If there is any treatment of the well water, the water treatment system must be disconnected, disabled or the sample taken prior to the water treatment system.

PWTA Sampling includes; field pH analysis, bacteriological, chemical analyses, gross alpha particle activity, Global Positional System (GPS) location siting using the required mapping grade GPS receivers and electronic data reporting as required by the NJDEP Regulations.

Our standard turn around time for these tests is 10-13 business days include this turn around time when planning for real estate closings. Expedited services may be available upon request for more tests for an additional charge.

Click here for information on NJ drinking water standards.

For guidance on Spill Fund applications please click here.

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