Department of Environment recommends inspection, testing of private wells (10/05/06)

NB 674

May 6, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Owners of private wells are advised to inspect their wells, remove any potential sources of nearby contamination and test their well water.

"Ideally, private wells should be tested in the spring and fall to ensure that the water is clear of bacteria and contamination," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "It is the responsibility of owners of private wells to protect their drinking water supply. I encourage them to be proactive when it comes to protecting their wells from damage and contamination."

Owners of private wells may take precautions to prevent contamination. They should ensure that:

Well water can also be contaminated if well casings are improperly maintained or damaged. Owners of private wells should inspect their well for problems such as a cracked, corroded or damaged well casing, pump 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.

Appropriate water sampling bottles and instructions on proper sampling may be obtained from:

The cost of analyzing water samples may range from $6 for a single parameter to $130 or more for a full set of chemical parameters.

Some residents may also want to chlorinate their water from time to time. Individuals may go online for tips and instructions.

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 by going online.



MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.