Department of Environment recommends inspections of private wells (08/09/25)
Sept. 25, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Private well owners are being advised by the Department of Environment to inspect their wells and remove any potential sources of
Private well owners are able to take many precautions to prevent contamination. For instance, they should ensure that:
Well water can also be contaminated if well casings are improperly maintained or damaged. Private well owners should inspect parts of a well for problems
such as a cracked, corroded, or damaged well casings, pumps or pipes; or a broken or missing well cap. Well caps should be watertight and vermin-proof. Well
casings should not be cut below the land surface. If this has already occurred, the casing should be extended to 30 centimetres (one foot) above ground level.
- on-site sewage disposal systems are properly maintained and serviced;
- the area around a well is kept free of debris;
- the ground is sloped to ensure that surface water drains away from a well head;
- pets are not kept near a well;
- pesticides, fertilizers, de-greasers, fuels, and other potential pollutants are neither mixed nor used near a well; and
- hazardous materials are never disposed in a septic system.
Those needing work done on their wells may obtain a list of licensed water well drillers by contacting either the Environment Department, 506-457-4846; the
New Brunswick Groundwater Association, 506-433-6767; or online at www.nbgwa.ca.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206.