Well Water Safety

Education & Outreach for Source Protection - Well Abandonment and TestingPDF New

Tap WaterDurham Region Health Department has developed a resource package to assist well owners in maintaining the quality of their well water. This resource package will help well owners understand basic principles of ground water, well construction, well maintenance strategies, and methods of diagnosing and resolving well water issues.

In this package there is also specific information on types of wells and their construction, water sampling procedures, well maintenance and water treatment strategies.

The information provided in this package will only serve as a guide for well owners and is not intended to address all individual health concerns.

Table of Contents

Drilled Well
Drilled Well * (Click photo for larger image)

Dug Well
Dug Well * (Click photo for larger image)

  1. Basic Groundwater Principles
  1. Types of Wells
  1. Contamination of Well Waters
  1. Well Water Sampling
  1. Bacteriological Testing
  1. Disinfecting Your Well
  1. Water Treatment Devices
    Ultra-Violet Irradiation, Chlorination, Ozonation, Distillation, Activated Carbon Devices, Reverse Osmosis Devices
  1. Well Maintenance and Inspection
  1. Well Records
  1. Well Abandonment

*Source: Best Management Practices: Water Wells (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

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