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A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Paul, MP; Rigrod, P; Wingate, S; Borsuk, ME
Published in: Journal of environmental health
December 2015

Maximum contaminant levels created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act do not apply to private wells. Rather, the onus is on individual households to undertake regular water testing. Several barriers exist to testing and treating water from private wells, including a lack of awareness about both well water as a potential source of contaminants and government-recommended water testing schedules; a health literacy level that may not be sufficient to interpret complex environmental health messages; the inconvenience of water testing; the financial costs of testing and treatment; and a myriad of available treatment options. The existence of these barriers is problematic because well water can be a source of hazardous contaminants. This article describes an initiative--undertaken by the Tuftonboro (New Hampshire) Conservation Commission, with support from state agencies and a research program at Dartmouth College--to increase water testing rates in a rural region with a relatively high number of wells. The project prompted more water tests at the state laboratory in one day than in the prior six years. This suggests that community-driven, collaborative efforts to overcome practical barriers could be successful at raising testing rates and ultimately improving public health.

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Published In

Journal of environmental health

ISSN

0022-0892

Publication Date

December 2015

Volume

78

Issue

5

Start / End Page

30 / 39

Related Subject Headings

  • Water Wells
  • Rural Health
  • Public Health
  • New Hampshire
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Groundwater
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Drinking Water
 

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Paul, M. P., Rigrod, P., Wingate, S., & Borsuk, M. E. (2015). A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior. Journal of Environmental Health, 78(5), 30–39.
Paul, Michael P., Pierce Rigrod, Steve Wingate, and Mark E. Borsuk. “A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior.Journal of Environmental Health 78, no. 5 (December 2015): 30–39.
Paul MP, Rigrod P, Wingate S, Borsuk ME. A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior. Journal of environmental health. 2015 Dec;78(5):30–9.
Paul, Michael P., et al. “A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior.Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 78, no. 5, Dec. 2015, pp. 30–39.
Paul MP, Rigrod P, Wingate S, Borsuk ME. A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior. Journal of environmental health. 2015 Dec;78(5):30–39.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of environmental health

ISSN

0022-0892

Publication Date

December 2015

Volume

78

Issue

5

Start / End Page

30 / 39

Related Subject Headings

  • Water Wells
  • Rural Health
  • Public Health
  • New Hampshire
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Groundwater
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Drinking Water