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Having Your Water Tested

If your well is installed into bedrock (not a shallow cement-pipe bored well) and you are concerned about your drinking water, sampling the well for analysis of uranium would be appropriate if you live in one of the following counties Anderson, Oconee, Greenville, Pickens, Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union, Chester, Lancaster, York, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda, Fairfield, Newberry, Lexington (north of Lake Murray), Northwest Richland, Northwest Kershaw, or Northwest Chesterfield.

For most wells in the Lower Coastal Plain (installed in sands, silts, or clays), there is no data to suggest that uranium or other radionuclides would be present and sampling the well is far less likely to reveal a problem. However, some areas of the Inner Coastal Plain near the Fall Line have scattered occurrences of radium. This is completely unrelated to the conditions in the upstate. If you use a private well for your home and live in Aiken, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Southern Edgefield, Florence, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, or Sumter, sampling the well for analysis of radium may be appropriate. Call DHEC's Office of Lab Certification (803) 896-0970 for a current list of certified labs.

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