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Testing Your Well Water

If you live in a home that is on a municipal water supply, you do not need to test the water as the municipality regularly tests for bacteria. However, if you get your water supply from a private well, you need to test the water on a regular basis.

Drinking water that has harmful bacteria in it can make you sick. These bacteria can cause you to experience stomach cramps, nausea and/or diarrhea, as well as other medical problems. The only way to make sure that your water supply is safe to drink is by regular testing.

Testing for bacteria is done FREE of charge. Sample bottles can be obtained at your local Health Unit office or designated location. By following the sampling procedure, you can return the bottles to the Health Unit, which will then forward them on to the Provincial Lab in Peterborough for testing.

Click on the menu at right to access well water test drop-off locations, how often to test your well water and more information.