Uranium Testing for Wells in Southern Southbury
The Pomperaug District Department of Health has been notified of elevated levels of uranium in a private well in the southern Southbury area. These levels have exceeded the EPA maximum contaminant level of 30 micrograms per liter (ug/L). Uranium is naturally occurring and may seep into wells from the bedrock. Exposure to uranium at high levels for extended periods of time is linked to certain health problems.
Due to this information, the Pomperaug District Department of Health is offering water testing for uranium (and arsenic), free of charge, to those who live in the area and have private well water systems. Testing will be done through the State of Connecticut Laboratory in Rocky Hill. Letters will be sent to homeowners in the area regarding testing and safety measures. The health district has plans to offer limited, region wide testing for arsenic and uranium later in the summer of 2015.