Dutchess County Executive Vetoes Mandatory Well Testing Law–Upstate New York.

Contrary to surrounding counties which require well testing, the Dutchess County executive vetoed recent legislation that would have required the seller of real estate in Dutchess County with a private well to test it before the closing. Under the vetoed law, the test results would have been given to the seller, the buyer and the Health Department. According to published reports, the county executive expressed reservations about requiring individuals to test their particular wells because there are allegedly ongoing ground water tests across the county, and because he has his own plan by which individual homeowners could apply to have their water tested.

The sub-text– competent real estate attorneys, real estate brokers, and inspectors recommend private well testing to buyers, and wells are commonly tested as part of a real estate transactions in Dutchess County.

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