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It’s recommended that well owners do a bacteriological analysis up to four times per year and a chemical analysis every three to five years.

Spring is the time for testing your farm’s water supply

Testing for every possible contaminant is expensive — here’s what should be at the top of the checklist

It’s up to rural landowners to keep their water safe — and spring is the ideal time to get that job done, says a water quality expert. “Winter can accumulate pollutants, then spring thaw and run-off carries the previous six months’ worth of pollutants down to groundwater and sideways towards surface supplies,” said Mitch Golay, […] Read more

Tips to help you protect your household water

The water that enters your home has a long journey from start to finish, and along the way, it can pick up a lot of contaminants. Once it reaches your municipal water treatment facility it is treated and distributed to the public. During this process chemical and physical processes are used to filter and disinfect[...]
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Here’s where to find well water resources

There are workshops, fact sheets, videos, well records, and online tools to help you maintain good water quality


Alberta water well owners have access to a host of information, tools, resources, and experts to help them. The Working Well program (www.workingwell.alberta.ca) offers province-wide, hands-on workshops for well owners to learn the basics of groundwater, well construction, common well problems, contamination risks, importance of well reclamation, and best management practices. The website also has[...]
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The WorkingWell.alberta.ca website has videos, fact sheets, and other resources on water wells.

If the flow starts to slow, contact a water well contractor

Routine maintenance can extend the life of the well 
on your farm and ensure good water quality

There’s no predicting how long a well will last. “Some wells can last for a very long time. I have worked on wells that are so old they quit making the parts for them in 1929,” said Rene Arts, a water well contractor from Westlock. “These aren’t the norm, but I still keep a stock[...]
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Is your well water safe to drink?

Water testing available free of charge through Alberta Health Services

AARD Release / Urbanites seldom worry about whether or not their water is safe to drink because regulations require municipalities to treat and test water quality on a regular basis. But it’s not so simple for rural residents who rely on wells, as they are responsible for managing and maintaining their wells, and ensuring their[...]
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