Healthy water from private wells
German Federal Environment Agency helps owners with new guidebook
Nearly one per cent of the population in Germany relies on a private well for its drinking water. The Drinking Water Ordinance (TrinkwV) also sets quality standards for the drinking water in these very small water supplies, which are typically found in rural areas. A new Federal Environment Agency (UBA) publication on healthy drinking water from private wells has recommendations for operation and use and shows what to do so that water can continue to be safe and healthy. The publication is available in German and free of charge. It provides information about compliance with certain laws regarding the use and operation of private wells and springs, and it names potential risks to drinking water quality. It also gives advice on how to address risks. “Only safe operation of wells or springs results in drinking water that is tasty and healthy“, said UBA President Jochen Flasbarth.