Ontarians deserve access to clean, safe water. This means keeping water free of pollutants and contaminants that could harm the environment and human health.
Guidelines for well owners; important facts for the real estate community
Over three million Ontarians rely on groundwater for their drinking water. There are hundreds of thousands of water wells across Ontario, providing drinking water to municipalities, industries and private residences.
The Government of Ontario has moved forward over the past ten years on a series of initiatives to preserve water quality, including new legislation, regulations, standards and requirements. Ontario now has the toughest standards and protocols for drinking water in North America.
Wells providing water to small businesses, common spaces and residential communities may qualify as "regulated systems." Private wells are not regulated systems, but there are new rules in place for constructing or decommissioning (abandoning) a well.
Private owners are required by regulation to ensure that nothing gets into water wells that could contaminate the water source.
Guidelines for Well Owners
Groundwater is a shared resource that crosses property lines and contamination from one well can put other wells at risk. Owners are responsible for getting well water tested regularly – at least three times per year is recommended, to be confident drinking water is free from bacteria and other contaminants.
What to do:
What not to do
It’s a good idea to learn the important facts about water well construction, and the protection of water quality in dug, bored and drilled wells.
Clean water is everybody's business!
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.