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Dealing with gases in your water well

Dissolved gases occur naturally in water wells but can lead to both quality and safety issues

Reading Time: 2 minutes Gases in water wells can cause some quality issues or even be a danger, says an agricultural water engineer with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Gases can occur naturally in water wells after being dissolved in the water and released when pumped out of the well. “Sometimes people complain about the smell, but the gases you […] Read more

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Is that old well just capped? That’s not good enough

Old wells are a ‘perfect breeding ground for bacteria’ and subject to run-off contamination that can get into your aquifer


Reading Time: 2 minutes Some rural Albertans may be living with a health hazard on their property and not even know it. Surface contamination poses one of the biggest threats to the purity of groundwater supplies. Old unused wells that are not properly decommissioned can serve as a conduit for bacteria and chemicals to seep into an aquifer. Once […] Read more