Presentation by Eric Frohmberg, Maine Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, on well water and the importance of having your well tested at the Maine Asthma Coalition's Healthy Homes Trainings.
Encouraging Mainers to Test their Well Water Eric FrohmbergMaine Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Problem • 40 to 50% of Mainers are on a private well • 10% of all wells in Maine have too much arsenic. • 5% of all wells in Maine have too much uranium. • More than ½ of all wells in Maine may have a radon problem.
Brochure Development• Developed with stakeholders,focus groups and key informants.• Written using easy to readtechniques. • Cover – eye catching, core message, contact info.
• Bacteria test is a surrogate for surface water orseptic contamination.
• Why every 3 to 5 years?Arsenic•Arsenic is a known humancarcinogen.•10% of all wells in Maineabove 10 ppb arsenic.• Maine has hotspots.• This can be fixed.
• Lower well waterguidance from20,000 pCi/L to4,000 pCi/L• Emphasize airtreatment at 2 pCi/L.
• 5% of all wells in Maine above 20 ppb.• Also find uranium hot spots.• Health effect of concern is kidney effects• Again, treatable.
• About 100 clinically lead poisoned children peryear in Maine.• “Typical” lead well water problem house isearly ’80s with bad pH.
• EPA has an MCL of 4 mg/L and a secondaryMCL of 2 mg/L.• NAS decided that 4 mg/L is not protective andrecommended EPA re-evaluate 2 mg/L.• Our MEG is based on dental fluorosis.
Distribution• Mailed to town officesEvaluation• BRFSS Survey
QUESTIONSEric FrohmbergPhone (tollfree in Maine)1-866-292-3474Email: email@example.com://wellwater.maine.gov