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.

These days we are hearing and reading about situations where the quality of water is not good enough for normal uses. Bacteria and other microorganisms have gotten into drinking-water supplies, causing severe illness and even deaths. Chemical pollutants have been detected in streams, endangering plant and animal life. Water quality has become a very big concern. If we are not diligent, the quality of our water supply will suffer.

As a private water well owner, it is your duty to understand the basics of well maintenance. It is also the law, Regulation 903 of the Ontario Water Resources Act sets out your obligations as a private water well owner.

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.