We have a well and it is tested regularly. It's been consistently safe for the past 18 years.
The sad thing is that not only is it forbidden for most town/city people to have a well, they would likely not be safe at this point due to the lawn chemicals and other pollutants from vehicles and any production plants in the area.
Sadder, if someone turns that handle and no water or dirty water runs out of the faucet, most have no backup on hand. Water is a necessity and I don't understand people who take no personal responsibility towards making sure they have it in case a pipe is broken or contamination occurs. Even in town we had gallons of water stored as well as two barrels and a small fish pond in the back yard. We also had the means to make any water safe (still do!). I filtered the tap water when we lived there ... the reports said the water was safe ~ but it had more chlorine in it than the local pool, Bleck!
at 11:32 AM on Jul. 26, 2010