- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Officials at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services are urging everyone who has a private well to test their drinking water for contaminants.

March 9-15 is Groundwater Awareness Week in the Granite State.

Environmental officials say more than 40 percent of New Hampshire residents get their drinking water from private wells. They say many of those wells have unhealthy levels of naturally-occurring arsenic, radon, or other contaminants.

Those contaminants cannot be detected by taste or smell, so testing is the only way to determine if they are present and in what concentrations.

Officials recommend that well owners have their water tested every three to five years by an accredited lab.

The DES website lists accredited laboratories at www.des.nh.gov .

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