Depending on economic conditions, the Department of Environmental Protection has estimated that approximately 20,000 to 30,000 real estate transactions per year will be subject to the the Private Well Testing Act, with the most pronounced impact in the state’s rural and less developed areas. It can also be expected that a substantial number of the well tests will not meet the recommended drinking-water standards.

On Sept. 14, 2002, the Private Well Testing Act, N.J.S.A. 58:12A-27 et seq., will take effect and have a dramatic affect on real estate, environmental and toxic tort practice.

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