Water Wells

Water Well Testing

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Ontario Ministry of Health recommend that private water wells be tested three times a year. The water should be tested for bacteria, including total coliforms and E.coli. The Renfrew County and District Health Unit provides these tests for free.

Water Well Maintenance

As a responsible well owner, you need to carry out a regular program of well maintenance. Taking care of your well is a three-step process.

  1. Protect your well water at the ground surface by avoiding, eliminating or reducing contaminants.
  2. Inspect your well regularly and keep your well in good running order.
  3. Test your well water regularly and respond to contamination problems.
Domestic Well Water Quality

Water quality is a term used to describe the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of water, usually in respect to its suitability for a particular purpose. Although scientific measurements are used to define a water's quality, it's not a simple thing to say that "this is good water ," or "this is bad water ." After all, water that is perfectly good to wash a car with may not be good enough to serve as drinking water.

Water Well Basics

A well gets its water from an underground source called groundwater. Ground water is a resource found under the earth’s surface. Most ground water comes from rain and melting snow soaking into the ground. Water fills the spaces between rocks and soils, making an “aquifer”.

Domestic Water Wells

Safe, clean water is one of the most vital resources we have for drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning. The Township tests the Municipal drinking water supplies weekly, to ensure they are safe. But it is a homeowner’s responsibility to test their own well water. Laurentian Valley Township has approximately 4,500 private water wells. Most of these wells are not tested for coliform bacteria and other contaminants on a regular basis. Many of these contaminants can cause sickness in people who drink, bathe, or cook with the water.