Resources

Associations
Government
  • Ministry of Health - Small Drinking Water Systems
    • How to Test Your Well Water (Well Aware; free bacterial testing available; web page content Public Health Ontario)
    • Testing Well Water - a video with steps to properly test your water using the sample bottles provided by your local Public Health Units in Ontario (produced by the Communications Office of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit)
    • Notice of Exemption from Treatment Equipment - Non-Municipal Year Round Residential Drinking Water System
    • Find your local Public Health Unit for free well water testing for E.Coli and Coliform bacteria. Check your water spring, summer, and fall.
Links
  • Water Well Decommissioning Funding Programs in Ontario - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) map tool with links to current funding programs - (exclusive of the Environmental Farm Plan or Source Water Protection Stewardship)
    • Note: Copy the link & open it in Internet Explorer; does not work in Chrome.  Please report browsers that show "no programs at this location" when clicking on the pale orange coloured regions
  • Lifewater.ca - is a group of volunteers that trains, equips & supports the rural poor in Haiti & Africa to drill wells and build washrooms. Find out more.
  • Wellaware.ca - Download the guide for well owners. The Well Aware booklet guides you through the life cycle of a well, how to maintain your well, and shows you how your well affects water quality.
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LRSCA) - Well Decommissioning and Wellhead Protection Funding Program
  • Ontario Groundwater - Water Wells Map Created to provide easier access to Ontario's well data. Check out more information at the OGSR Library
  • Groundwater 2.0 Project (GW2.0)is a “living textbook” facilitated through Hydrogeologists Without Borders which builds off of Alan Freeze and John Cherry’s Groundwater (1979) textbook. GW2.0 will evolve to include new chapters and revisions to previous chapters. The goal of GW2.0 is to provide an Open Access textbook to ensure that both developed and developing countries have free access to an invaluable groundwater resource.
Research
Wells in Ontario:
Estimates indicate that there may be 750,000 wells in Ontario with close to 500,000 abandoned wells.

Approximately 10,000 - 20,000 new wells are constructed in Ontario on an annual basis.

Water Well Sustainability in Ontario, Expert Panel Report, 2006, p. 13

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