Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930

How Do You Know If Your Drinking Water is Safe?

The Chester Township Environmental Commission and Chester Borough are sponsoring well water testing for residents. 

If your household water comes from a private well, it is not tested by any state or local authority.  Well water tests can be expensive, but Chester residents may have their drinking water tested for coliform bacteria and nitrates for $60.  Additional testing options are available. 

To participate, residents must visit the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Road, Chester on Saturday, March 25th between 9:00am and noon to purchase a test kit (payment must be in the form of a check or cash- credit cards cannot be accepted). Each test kit comes with easy-to- follow instructions and all required containers. Residents will use the kits to collect water samples and then return the samples to the barn at Highlands Ridge Park on Monday, March 27th from 6:30am – 10:00am.

The Raritan Headwaters Association will ensure that all the samples reach a state-certified laboratory later that day for testing.  Residents will receive their confidential test results promptly, and if pollutants are detected, the Association will provide information so that well owners can address the problems and make their water safe for consumption.

For more information, please contact Mara Tippett of Raritan Headwaters Association at 908-234-1852, ext. 401 or via email at

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