York County

Residential Water Solutions in York County, ME

With an esti­mat­ed pop­u­la­tion in 2014 of 200,710, includ­ing the towns of Eliot, Berwick, Ken­neb­unk, Ken­neb­unkport, Kit­tery, Ogun­quit, San­ford, Wells and oth­ers, York Coun­ty, Maine was the sec­ond most pop­u­lous coun­ty in the state.  Many vaca­tion­ers head to the pop­u­lar beach­es in Ogun­quit and Wells in the sum­mer months.  Locals are famil­iar with the home of for­mer pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush in Ken­neb­unkport.

Most munic­i­pal­i­ties which use ground water for their water sup­ply have their wells in sand and grav­el aquifers. Many indus­tries also uti­lize sand and grav­el aquifers for their water sup­ply, and a major­i­ty of homes in York Coun­ty using pri­vate water sup­plies have point or dug wells in sand and grav­el deposits.

Bac­te­ria and virus­es can get into well water if the well cas­ing is dam­aged or if you have a dug or shal­low well.  Arsenic, radon and ura­ni­um get into Maine wells from nature. They’re in the rocks and can dis­solve in water. Lead from old­er pipes can also dis­solve in water. It is impor­tant to have your pri­vate well test­ed on a peri­od­ic basis to make sure these con­t­a­m­i­nants are not at action­able lev­els.  You can either call a local state cer­ti­fied lab and fol­low their instruc­tions in get­ting a valid water sam­ple for them to test or you can con­tact a water treat­ment provider to assist you in the process.  A list of Maine Cer­ti­fied Labs can be found here.

In addi­tion to Arsenic and Radon in water, many home­own­ers have installed water fil­tra­tion sys­tems to remove iron from water, man­ganese from water and also pH Neu­tral­iza­tion sys­tems to com­bat acidic or cor­ro­sive water.  Removal of MTBE from water, a gaso­line addi­tive that can reach well water from leaky stor­age tanks has also been an issue in cer­tain areas.