Department of Environment recommends inspections of private wells (08/09/25)

NB 1387

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 contamination nearby.

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.

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.