Test your Well Water

February 20, 2014
EDIT: Since 2020, well water testing is managed by Huron Perth Public Health. For more information, visit Well Water Testing at www.hpph.ca.

Huron County, ON – With heavy rains in Huron County, the Huron County Health Unit wants to remind residents to test their well water.

Heavy rainfall put wells in low-lying, flood-prone areas at risk for contamination from surface runoff. Dug wells, well pits and well casings without a proper seal are most at risk.

Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry says well owners should be especially aware of their water quality this time of year. “Well water that has an odour, is discoloured, or has an off-taste should not be consumed or used for food preparation. Even water that is clear and odourless needs to be tested to ensure it is safe”.

The Huron County Health Unit suggests sampling your well at least three times per year. You should always sample after heavy rainfall and flooding. Seasonal cottage owners who have private wells should sample their water before opening for the summer season.

Landry says whenever you are unsure about the safety of your water supply, use bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least one minute. “Only by regular sampling for bacteria can you be sure your well water is safe.”

Water sample kits may be picked up and dropped off at the Huron County Health Unit near Clinton, South Huron Hospital in Exeter, Seaforth Hospital, Wingham Hospital, and the Huron County Court House in Goderich. Bottles for pick up are also available at each municipal office.

The tests are free but must be dropped off within 24 hours of being taken. Sample only cold water and keep it refrigerated until you are ready to drop it off. Transport the sample in a cooler with an ice pack.

For a free copy of the kit “Keeping Your Well Water Safe to Drink”, or if you have any questions, contact the Health Unit at 519.482.3416. Ask to speak to a public health inspector. Information is also available on the Health Unit website www.huronhealthunit.ca.

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Our media contact is: Barbara Leavitt, Communications Co-ordinator, 519.482.3416 ext. 2289

Our spokesperson is: Patrick Landry, Public Health Inspector


For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)