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More than 15 million Americans get their drinking water from private wells.

If those people don't treat their water, they could get sick.

Public water is constantly treated, but environmental health specialists remind homeowners who use wells that it's their responsibility to treat their water.

They recommend getting your well sampled yearly to check for bacteria build-up. If your sample comes back positive the disinfecting process is simple.

"I think a lot of people are just unaware that these are those potential sources of contamination and one way to remedy that is through education and making them aware of the potential problems," said Laura Searcy, Environmental Health Specialist.

You can contact your local environmental health office for more information about well testing.

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