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To learn more about nitrate pollution in drinking water and groundwater in Maryland, check out the following resources:

A report by the Center for Progressive Reform, October 2020

Maryland Matters

An article on CPR's Tainted Tap report, October 2020

Nitrate in Drinking Water, 2003-2017: Maryland

Analysis by the Environmental Working Group, June 2020

Prevalence of Microbiological and Chemical Contaminants in Private Drinking Water Wells in Maryland, USA

A report by researchers at the University of Maryland, August 2018

Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A report by the U.S. Geological Survey, June 2015

For information about how to safely manage your private well, visit the Maryland Department of Environment's Be Well Wise site page.

If you are concerned about the safety of your well water, contact your county agency:

  • Somerset County -- (443) 523-1700, ask to be transferred to Environmental Health Program

  • Wicomico County -- (410) 546-4446

  • Worcester County -- (410) 632-1220 x3

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