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What is a Well?

A water well is a system of delivering water to a private home in an area where there is no integrated water system. Most towns and cities have public water works that have rigorous testing standards and deliver water to a large number of homes. Private water wells offer a water supply to single households, predominantly in rural areas where there is no public water system. Only those water well contractors licensed through the Illinois Department of Public Health are allowed to construct water wells. A listing of local water well contractors can be requested from the Environmental Health office.