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Basic water testing:

After a contaminated well has been properly disinfected and the chlorine has been flushed out of the water system, the water should be tested to confirm that bacterial contamination has been removed. If chlorine odours persist, you may have to do additional flushing or wait several days before testing to be sure that all the chlorine has been flushed from the water system.

Until testing shows that the water is free of bacterial contamination, you should continue to use disinfected or boiled water.

Additional information about water testing can also be found on the Health Unit's website under Well Water.

Keep in mind flood waters could also contaminate your well with oil, gasoline, pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals. Your well may need additional chemical testing if any of the following have occurred:

  • If there have been any spills nearby as a result of the flood, for example due to damaged fuel oil tanks;

  • If you notice any changes to your water quality, such as cloudy water or unusual odours;

  • If your well-water quality has never been tested.

For further information, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with the Public Health Inspector.