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Water Testing: Protect your well water

While regular testing is an important way to check the safety of your drinking water, you can prevent problems and protect the quality of your drinking water by properly maintaining your well. As a private well owner, you are responsible for preventing surface water and other foreign materials from entering your well. Contact your local public health unit or the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for more information.

If you have had unacceptable test results in the past, take action to improve the long-term quality of your drinking water:

Contact your local public health unit

Contact your local public health unit or the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for information. 

 
disinfect your well and entire household plumbing system

Disinfect your well and entire household plumbing system if test results show significant levels of bacterial contamination. Contact your local public health unit. Refer to the Well Disinfection Tool or Technical Bulletin Wells Regulation - Well Disinfection.

 
Re-test your well water

Re-test your well water to make sure your drinking water supply does not contain significant amounts of bacterial contaminants.

 
Get it professionally inspected

Get your well and plumbing system professionally inspected if your drinking water quality does not improve. A licensed well contractor will be able to give you some options for fixing the problem.

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