Private Well Program to Protect Public Health – Synergy Initiative Round 5


Private Well Pilot Study to Advance Drinking Water Safety in Massachusetts

Amendment #844, Private Well Cleanup

RCAP Solutions received a Synergy Initiative Implementation Year 2 grant of $425,000 in 2023 for the Private Well Program to Protect Public Health.  The Private Well Program aims to promote better public health and safety for households relying on private wells for drinking water. An estimated 0.5 – 1 million Massachusetts residents rely on private wells for drinking water, but there are no minimum statewide regulations to test private wells for potential contaminants such as arsenic, E. coli, radon, and uranium. Currently, private wells are regulated by local Boards of Health, and the regulations are varied and often outdated or nonexistent.  This project aims to achieve minimum statewide regulations similar to Title 5 for septic systems which requires an inspection prior to the transfer of property. Given compelling evidence about the scope of drinking water contamination in private wells and growing concerns about PFAS (“forever chemicals”) contamination in drinking water, in 2023 the project will focus efforts on advocacy.  A coalition has been launched in order to build grassroots support for minimum statewide private well protections and direct outreach to legislators will also continue. 

2023 – Implementation, Year 2$425,000
2022 – Implementation, Year 1$425,000
2021 – Pilot Grant $425,000
2020 – Planning Grant$204,150
Total$1,479,150

Private Well Program Logic Model

News
◊ Colrain residents eligible for free well water tests
Greenfield Recorder, July 22, 2022
◊ Addressing the drinking water gap in Mass
CommonWealth Magazine, April 2, 2022
◊ Senator Eldridge files bill to regulate private wells
Community Advocate, February 8, 2022
◊ North Central Massachusetts Private Well Program Pilot Year Overview
RCAP Solutions Youtube Channel, June 21, 2021
◊ RCAP granted $196K to address North County drinking water issues
Worcester Business Journal, August 28, 2020