April 15, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being reminded that proper installation of drilled water wells is critical to the quality of drinking water.
"As the construction season approaches, it is important that New Brunswickers planning to drill a new well or those planning to repair an existing well are aware of the procedures that are in place," said Environment Minister Roland Haché.
Well contractors are responsible for drilling a well that meets the requirements of the Water Well Regulation under the The Clean Water Act, which contains a detailed set of standards that must be met during well drilling and construction.
These requirements include standards for well casing, well water disinfection and minimum distances between the well and septic systems, highways or buildings.
The act also includes a licensing requirement for well drilling contractors. Upon completion of the well, the driller is required to provide a detailed water well driller's report to the well owner and the Department of Environment. The well contractor is not responsible under the act for guaranteeing water quality.
At the time a well is drilled or deepened, the water well contractor is to provide the well owner with a water testing voucher. The well owner buys this voucher, costing $137.86, from the well contractor.
Well owners may redeem the voucher at Service New Brunswick offices for an analysis of their well water quality. Well testing kits are available at any Service New Brunswick office.
If there are homeowners who have recently drilled wells and have not yet redeemed their voucher, they are strongly encouraged to do so.
"It is recommended that property owners ask for proof of the well contractor's licence before hiring them to construct the well," said Haché. "By ensuring the proper procedures are followed, well owners are protecting themselves and the environment."
A list of certified well drilling contractors is available at, http://www.nbgwa.ca/groundwatertechnicians.htm; or by contacting the Department of Environment, 506-457-4846.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.