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 - Drop-Off Locations and Times for Well Water Testing in Haliburton County Expanded Over Summer Months -

(HALIBURTON COUNTY) – Putting your well water to the test is important to protect your health, and now there are more opportunities to do that this summer.

Over the summer months, Haliburton County residents are reminded about the expanded times to drop off their well water samples. The Haliburton, Kawartha , Pine Ridge District Health Unit provides free testing for owners of private wells in its area to ensure their water is safe to use.

Between now and October 2, well water samples can be dropped off at the following times and locations:

  • In Haliburton Village at the Health Unit office (191 Highland Street, Unit 301) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays.
  • In Wilberforce at the Highlands East Municipal office (2249 Loop Road) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon (ends October 2).
  • In Minden at the Minden Library (174 Bobcaygeon Road) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 8 pm (ends October 2).

“Regular testing of your well water is important to ensure it is safe to drink and use,” says Richard Ovcharovich, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “By providing more times and locations to drop off well water samples, we want to make it more convenient for people to put their well water to the test.”

All well water samples that are collected by the Health Unit are sent to the provincial lab in Peterborough to test for bacteria such as E.coli. While lab results are mailed back to residents within a few days, people also have the option to call the lab directly to find out the results more quickly. The Health Unit urges people to have their well water tested at least three times per year.

If the water test results received back from the lab show an adverse or unsatisfactory level, there may be a problem with the well that requires attention, Ovcharovich explains. If this occurs, people are encouraged to speak to a Public Health Inspector at the Health Unit for interpretation of the results and possible suggestions to correct the problem.

For more information, call the local Health Unit office at (705) 457-1391 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca .

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For media inquiries, contact:

Richard Ovcharovich, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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