Construction, Maintenance and Funding.
Whether you use a private well or a municipal system, everyone plays a role in managing and protecting water from its source to the tap. Private well owners have a responsibility to maintain their wells. Understanding how your well works, how to keep it functioning properly, and the regulations and standards governing your well, will ensure your well water stays clean and safe for your family and community. Funding and incentive programs are available to help private well owners protect the groundwater supply.
Following specific guidelines and regulations when constructing a well will decrease the risk of water contamination. Landowners need to consider:
- the location of the well with respect to septic systems, oil tanks, and other potential contaminant sources;
- the sealing of the well casing and;
- the grade of the surrounding soil.
If these guidelines and others are not followed, the quality of your water supply could be at risk. If your groundwater becomes contaminated, it can affect the health of your family, and may also impact the quality of the groundwater supplying other wells, lakes or streams in the area.
Find a Water Well Contractor:
Directory of Licensed Water Well Contractors in Ontario
Ontario Ground Water Association
If you use a private well, you must manage your own water quality. It is important to test your water regularly, as contaminated well water could affect the health of your family and your neighbours whose wells may be tapped into the same aquifer. Landowners can benefit from reviewing Regulation 903 of the Ontario Water Resources Act which governs how water wells should be constructed and maintained. There are also funding and incentive programs to assist well owners in addressing issues with their wells. A CVC stewardship coordinator can assist you with issues concerning wells on your property.
Water Quality Testing:
Funding and incentive programs are available to landowners to help them maintain water quality, and assist them with different types of well projects. Clean water programs provide financial and technical assistance for rural private landowners. Landowners living in Peel Region and Wellington County may be eligible to participate in local rural water quality programs.
- Factsheet - Well Care (676 KB)
- Ontario Drinking Water Standards (471 KB)
- Private Well Care (1.51 MB)
- Rural Water Stewardship Checklist (563 KB)
- Water Management Policies, Guidelines & Provincial Water Quality Objectives (307 KB)
- Well Record Request Form (Ministry of the Environment) (293 KB)
- Wellington Water Stewardship Programme (17 KB)