Water Testing for Property Transfer


Well Water Testing for Property Transfer. 

With the enactment of the Private Well Testing Act (PWTA) in New Jersey, many home owners are finding themselves required to meet regulations they know little about. The PWTA test is mandated for all home sales in the state of NJ. The PWTA stipulates that certain contracts of sale involving real properties with private wells, and some public wells, are required to have the well water testing for a specific list of drinking water parameters before going forward with the real estate property transfer. The buyer and seller are notified of the test results prior to the closing and both must attest to the fact that the test results have been reviewed. The well water must be tested by a laboratory certified for the parameters listed in the Act. Once the sample analysis is completed, a copy of the test results must be given to the person who requested the test on a standardized form and must be submitted electronically to NJDEP. Unfortunately, a real estate transaction can be a very stressful time to begin with, so let us handle your water testing needs.

NJAL on site certified laboratory and sampling technicians can assist you with knowledge about what needs to be tested, arranging for the test, interpreting your test results, and options for treating a problem if one exists. NJAL, in most cases, will schedule your sampling within 48 hours of your request. Sampling for the PWTA must consist of an untreated (raw) sample. If the property has a water softener, ultra violet light system, or any type of filtration system, these must be bypassed in order to take the sample. NJAL recommends that a treated sample be taken in order to prove that the treatment is remediating the contaminant.

The PWTA requires that a NJDEP certified laboratory (or an agent of) takes the sample and perform certain on-site measurements. These measurements include the pH of the water and GPS coordinates (exact position) of the well.

Real estate transactions subject to the PWTA are those that involve a real Property Transfer where:

  1. the potable water supply at that property is from a private well; or
  2. property (such as commercial property) where the water supply is a well that has less than 15 service connections or that does not regularly serve an average of 25 people daily at least 60 days out of the year.

What this means is that certain public water systems, called non-community water systems, meet the applicability criteria defined in the PWTA. The Act mandates that the sale may not occur until testing of the water supply has taken place and until both the buyer and seller have received and reviewed a copy of the test results. The buyer and seller must certify in writing that they have received and reviewed the test results. (Download this helpful article on Interpreting Drinking Water Quality Analysis.)

The cost involved with PWTA depends on the contaminates tested, which can vary by county.

Well Water Testing for property transfer.