Brookfield Connecticut’s Greenridge Drinking Water Issues

If living in a community that is serviced by Community Wells/Water Company, they are required by State Law to do peroidic testing.  The testing done is usually more extensive than is done on a private well when you are purchasing a home.  One of the newest Chemical Elements they are testing for is Uranium.  The EPA maximum allowable Uranium in water is 30ug/L.  If you own a home with a private well you most likely had the well tested when you first bought the home to make sure the water is potable.  Most owners don’t ever give it a second thought after that.  Even when you do get a water test done it usually does not include a test for Uranium since it was not known to be a concern in the past.  This is somewhat the same story with Radon, and most of the buyers in the Northeast now have the test done for Radon because of public awareness but again don’t re-test in the future.

What amazes me is how these two chemical elements can cause hysteria to many buyers buying a home.  As many might know both Radon and Uranium are naturally formed in the eco system and have been around forever.  Only since science/medical fields determined that they can be a health hazard have they set limits and recommend testing.  I’m sure your parents, grandparents and great grandparents have ingested these chemical elements and didn’t even know it.  There are also ways of remediating these problems so you won’t have to worry about them.

Since Community Well Systems are closely monitored by the State any issue that is found must be told to the home owners using these wells.  Once the Home Owner is made aware of a problem, and they are looking to sell their home in Connecticut, the seller is required by the Uniform Property Disclosure Act (Connecticut General Stautes Section 20-327b) to disclose the knowledge of these problems.  One of the questions is “Do you have knowledge of Drinking Water Problems (Quality or Quantity)”.  Of course if a unacceptable level of Uranium or Radon is found in the water it must be disclosed as well as any other impurities.

I have a listing for sale in the Brookfield Connecticut’s Greenridge Tax District.  This Community Well system was found to have a Uranium Level of 40ug/L, 10ug/L above the limit.  The Water Company who is running these wells for the Community are required to rectify the problem to meet State Standards.  If they don’t they will be fined.  The latest update is that they have an accepted course of action to correct the problem and it shall be completed by September 2010.

Some potential Buyers have shunned away from this house because of this.  Do they really think that the Greenridge Tax District is the only one with this problem?  I am sure there are local homes as well as many other homes throughout the Northeast that have exceeded the limits but the private wells are not being tested for Uranium.  In my opinion this house would be on the top of my list.  The Water System is periodically monitored to a higher standard.  When a problem arises I will be notified and can take the proper precautions.  The problem will need to be resolved based on State Requirements.  And the cost, if any, will be shared by the community.  These are tremendous advantages over a Private Well which rarely is re-tested and if a problem is found the cost could be exorbitant.

If you would like to learn more about Uranium in Water visit this website.


About Ray Poppe

Operating with an Associate Broker License at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut & New York. I have been a realtor in the Greater Fairfield County area since 2005. Are you Buying or Selling a Home in Fairfield Connecticut, Westchester, Putnam or Bronx NY?? (Brookfield, Ridgefield, New Milford, Bethel, Newtown, New Fairfield, Bridgewater, Sherman, Southbury, Woodbury) Use my years of experience to get the job done! When representing you I will either get you the best house within your budget or sell your house on its strengths to get you top dollar. Give me a call & I will make your Real Estate experience a most pleasurable & successful one! Whether a First Time Home Buyer or Selling a Million Dollar Home I am there to help you through the process. BESIDES BEING A MEMBER OF: • National Association of Realtors • Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors Hudson Gateway Associatoin of Realtors • Connecticut Association of Realtors • CT Realtor Champion Charter Member • Westchester, Putnam, Bronx MLS • CT Statewide Multiple Listing Service CTMLS AND HAVING THE FOLLOWING DESIGNATIONS: • Graduate Realtor Institute GRI • Accredited Buyer Representative ABR • Internet Specialist ePro • Seller Representative Specialist SRS I ALSO HAVE THE TOOLS TO GET THE JOB DONE: • Professional Website • Free Listingbook Account for Home Searching • Listings promoted on top Search Engines and websites for a Major Web Presence, such as Front Door, Cyber Homes, NY Times, AOL, Yahoo!, Home Finder & More. • Featured Home Ads on websites such as Zillow, Trulia & REALTOR®. • Listings featured on the Coldwell Banker regional, national and luxury websites. • Fairfield MLS & CT State MLS exposing your Home to a larger group of Realtors. • Custom Virtual Tours of your Home.
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