Well Aware

Innovative at-home bacteria and metals test kit

Test Your Water From Home

At-home test kit and mobile app that helps you test your water for bacteria (E. coli), lead, and arsenic, and connects you to local resources and/or environmental health experts if needed

The Well Aware test kit is still under development. It is expected to release early 2023.

If you are interested in participating in our pilot program, we are happy to send you a prototype testing kit free of charge. If interested, please fill out the form on the Request a Kit page.

To download the app, search for UNC Well Aware on the app store, or follow one of the links below.

Why should I use Well Aware?

Over 42 million people in the United States use private wells. Because the federal government does not regulate private wells, most well users are solely responsible for testing and treating their water. Well Aware aims to help well users test their water for E. coli, an important indicator of bacterial contamination, lead, and arsenic. Well Aware also connects users to resources for help in treating their water.

What is Well Aware

Well Aware is a free mobile phone app paired with a low-cost testing kit. Well Aware can currently test for bacteria (E. coli), lead, and arsenic, and more tests are under development.

Who is Well Aware?

Well Aware was developed through a partnership between students and researchers at the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and CrossComm Inc.

This work was enabled by generous support from the C. Felix Harvey Award, with additional support from the UNC Superfund Research Program and The Water Institute at UNC.

For questions related to the Well Aware App itself, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page