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KEEPING ‘WELL’ INFORMED

- Private Well Owners Can Now Drop Off Water Samples for Testing at Coboconk Municipal Service Centre -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) - Putting your well water to the test just got a little bit easier in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Starting in February 2014, private well owners in the northern part of Kawartha Lakes will have a new location to drop off their water samples for testing. People can now drop off their well water samples on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Coboconk Municipal Service Centre located at 9 Grandy Road in Coboconk. Water-testing kits can also be picked up at the Coboconk service centre during regular business hours.

The opening of the new drop-off location is a partnership among the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Public Health Ontario Laboratory.

“We are pleased to work with the City to offer an extra location in Coboconk to make well water testing more accessible for year-round residents and cottagers,” says Shawn Telford, Manager of Environmental Health with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Regular testing of your well water is important to ensure it is safe to drink and use.”

Coboconk is now the second well water drop-off location in the City of Kawartha Lakes. People can continue to drop off their well water samples at the Health Unit office in Lindsay (108 Angeline Street South) Mondays to Thursdays, and prior to 11:45 am on Fridays.

“If you live in a home that is on a municipal water supply, you do not need to test the water as the Municipality tests regularly for bacteria,” Telford notes. “However, if you get your water supply from a private source like a well, or draw surface water from a lake, river or stream, you need an appropriate treatment system and should test your drinking water at least three to four times per year.”

The Health Unit’s well-water testing program is provided free-of-charge to private well owners who want to have their drinking water tested for bacteria such as E.coli. Well owners can return the filled water bottle with completed forms, and the Health Unit will forward the samples to the provincial lab in Peterborough for testing.

Private well owners can have the lab results mailed back to them in a few days, or can call a toll-free phone number to get the results sooner. Public Health Inspectors with the Health Unit can assist local well owners to understand their test results and make suggestions to correct any problems. To speak to a Public Health Inspector, call the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Shawn Telford, Manager, Environmental Health, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or 1-866-888-4577.

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