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Safe Drinking Water

State and federal laws leave it to the homeowner to ensure private water wells are safe to use. Inletkeeper's Clean Water, Healthy Families program helps citizens using private water sources ensure that it is safe to drink.

Alaskans often approach Inletkeeper with a basic question: “Is my well water safe to drink?”

Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Water, Healthy Families program is motivated by a concern that private drinking water is not well regulated under state or federal law. While the federal Safe Drinking Water Act ensures that public drinking water supplies are routinely tested for potential contaminants, state and federal laws leave it to the homeowner to ensure private water wells are safe to use.

Ensuring that your well water is safe to drink is up to YOU.

Program Goals

Through the development of these resources, Cook Inletkeeper worked towards the following goals:

  • Educate Alaskans about the potential contaminants and health risks associated with some private drinking water sources;
  • Provide information for private drinking water testing by laboratories certified by the State of Alaska;
  • Assist private well owners with interpreting water test results and finding local and state resources for treatment options of contaminated water; and
  • Encourage Alaskans to take responsibility for long-term maintenance and testing of private drinking water sources.

Drinking Water Testing


From 2008-2015, Cook Inletkeeper offered limited workshops and bottle kits for water testing through state certified laboratories. While we no longer offer this service, the resources on this website provide you with all of the information you need to pursue testing your drinking water. See below for more information.


Our Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Test Your Water?

Get Your Water Tested

Water Testing How-To Video

Understanding Your Water Test Results

Treatment Options

Protect Your Water Source

Water Rights in Alaska

Public Water Systems

Additional Resources