In Westchester County, New York, many residential properties draw drinking water from the ground, as opposed to a public water supply. The Westchester County Private Well Water Testing Law requires all residential Sellers with wells to test the water for primary parameters such as bacteria and heavy metals that may be unsafe for humans to drink. If the water exceeds the detection limits for such parameters, then the Seller may have the option to either remediate the water (e.g. by adding chlorine or a filter), or cancel the contract. Alternatively, a Purchaser may choose to waive any water quality remediation and undertake the remediation at the Purchaser’s cost and expense after the closing. The terms and conditions for the well test may be specified in a Rider to the Contract of Sale.
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