Lawmakers Override Governor LePage's Veto Of Water Testing Bill

Jun 19, 2017

The legislature, by a margin of 113 to 33 in the House and 35 to 0 in the Senate has overridden Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of legislation expanding well water testing.

The legislation requires well drillers to provide more information to home owners about water testing, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to update its informational material and increases the fee for state testing by $10 to create a fund to help poor Mainers cover the cost of water testing.

The governor called the bill unnecessary and said it would be too much of a burden on businesses. Supporters argued that because half of Mainers get their water from wells, more needs to be done to make sure those wells are not contaminated.