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There are approximately 750 homes in the Village that have no access to the Miami-Dade County potable water system and depend on groundwater for their source of drinking water through private well systems.  Owners of private wells and other individual water systems are responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants.  Historically, the area is known to have incidents of arsenic, solvents, nitrate, and the particular pesticide known as Dildren.  Therefore, if you own a well, it should be tested at a laboratory once each year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids, and pH levels.  If you suspect other contaminants, you should test for those as well.  

In addition, the Florida Department of Health conducts testing in areas adjacent to known contaminated wells.  The results of any tests within the Village of Pinecrest may be obtained via the Florida Department of Health website.

Proper well construction and continued maintenance are keys to the safety of a water supply.  There are many sources of contamination of ground water which in turn, can affect a private well.  The most common sources of contaminants include:

  • Naturally occurring chemicals and minerals (for example, arsenic, radon, and uranium),;
  • Local land use practices (fertilizers, pesticides, livestock, animal feeding operations);
  • Manufacturing processes;
  • Sewer overflows;  and
  • Malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems such as nearby septic systems.

Any time a resident notices a significant change in water quality, the well should be tested.  A change in the water's taste, color, or smell is not necessarily a health concern.  However, a change could be a sign of a serious contamination problem.

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