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Reps. Kildee, Gallagher, Kind, Delgado and Slotkin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Clean Drinking Water

March 2, 2020
Press Release
Test Your Well Water Act Would Create New Online Tools at EPA for Americans To Test Their Private Wells

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today along with Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03), Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), introduced the Test Your Well Water Act, bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to create an online tool on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website for Americans with a private well to find the resources to test their drinking water and then understand what those results mean. 

This tool would promote transparency and streamline EPA resources to help people potentially exposed to toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other contaminants. In the U.S. 43 million people get their drinking water from well water that is currently unregulated from both the federal and state government.

“Whether drinking from a municipal water source or well water, Michiganders deserve cleaning drinking water. Many communities, including Oscoda in my district, have for years been dealing with the impact of contaminated well water. Having an easy interactive online tool through the EPA will make it easier for people to test their well water and make sure it is safe to drink and free from PFAS chemicals,” Congressman Kildee said. “I am proud to have worked with both Republicans and Democrats on this legislation and I will continue to push legislation to make sure all Americans have access to clean drinking water and address PFAS.”

“People in Northeast Wisconsin and across the country at a minimum deserve to know whether or not their water is contaminated by forever chemicals like PFAS,” said Congressman Gallagher. “By creating an easy-to-use tool that allows individuals to test their drinking water, we not only can get a better understanding of where contamination is, but ensure everyone has resources to know whether their water is clean. I urge my colleagues to take up this common-sense, bipartisan bill immediately. There’s no time to waste.”

“I’m working alongside my colleagues every day to protect our communities from known contaminants like PFOA and PFOS,” said Congressman Delgado. “I’m proud to join a bipartisan coalition to introduce legislation that will enable everyone in upstate New York to test their well water and ensure their personal water supply is free of harmful chemicals. It is critically important that our communities know what is in their drinking water, and I encourage the House to take up this commonsense bill as soon as possible to increase transparency and keep our water safe.”

“We would like to thank Congressman Kildee for his leadership in introducing the Test Your Well Water Act. It’s vital that private well owners across the country have the resources they need to test and treat their water supply. This tool is an important step in identifying and addressing water quality issues and we look forward to working with Congressman Kildee and the co-sponsors of this important bill in making this legislation law,” said National Ground Water Association CEO Terry S. Morse.

In January, a version of this legislation passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act. As the founder and co-chair of the PFAS bipartisan task force, Congressman Kildee has worked with Republicans and Democrats at all levels of government to make sure all Americans have access to clean water and address PFAS contamination. Kildee has previously introduced legislation to speed up set a national drinking water standard for PFAS, clean-up efforts and detect PFAS contamination at other sites across the country.

 

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