Estimate: 20% of private Nebraska water wells are contaminated
May 7, 2009
The suspected contaminants include arsenic, uranium, nitrates, and bacteria
. While the first three are beyond the purview of most individual treatment units, bacteria can be killed quite easily with chlorination tablets
and ultraviolet disinfection systems
Considering that almost a fifth of all Nebraskans get their water from private wells
, the safety of that water is an important public-health issue.
last revised May 2009