City WaterThinking about changing your water supply from well water to public water?

Here is some information for you to consider before making your final decision:

  • 34% of Pennsylvania’s population depends upon well water for its drinking water supply.
  • More than 2.5 million Pennsylvania residents are served by privately owned wells like yours.
  • 16% of public water comes from well water.
  • Naturally filtered water from underground typically does not need chlorine as a disinfectant like public water supplies.
  • Although public water supplies are safe to drink according to the EPA, there is increasing concern over disinfection byproducts (DBPs) which have been linked to certain forms of cancer.
  • DBPs have also been found in chloraminated and ozonated water.
  • If bacteria is ever a problem with your private well. You can install an ultraviolet light system that does not cause DBPs.
  • You control the rights to your water supply as a private well owner. You are not at the mercy of the supplier or the government. Small businesses are almost always more responsive to your concerns and needs.
  • Natural WaterIf terrorism is a concern of yours, what is the likelihood of a terrorist going to your individual well and contaminating it? Slim to none.
  • The cost of public water supplies will continue to rise due to increasing government regulations regarding quality and safety.
  • When you buy water from a public supplier, you are paying a premium for water that needs additional filtering because of the chlorine taste and DBPs.
  • Why is bottled water so popular? Because most people do not filter their public water supply; thus incurring an additional cost for drinking water.
  • Even if your naturally filtered well water needs additional treatment, it is usually less expensive than public water supplies. Water bills range from $300-$800 per year. Do you spend that much money on your well yearly? That is $3,000 to $8,000 over a 10-year period.


If your water comes from your own well, you currently control your own water source; it does not contain DBPs and it costs less than city water. Please do not give up this important asset without careful consideration.