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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

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

Water that smells like rotten eggs or has a metallic taste can be a sign of biofouling, which can shorten the lifespan of your well.

Don’t let biofouling slow the flow

Three-quarters of wells in some parts of Alberta have biofouling problems

Nothing makes a real estate deal go south faster than the discovery that the water well is no good. Recently Troy Niemans of Titan Water Systems was performing a well test for a real estate transaction and discovered a problem that nearly cancelled the sale. “The sellers had stated that the well produced six gallons […] Read more


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 […] Read more

Never enter a well pit before testing air quality, and keep them clean and sealed until they can be replaced.

Well pits jeopardize water quality and your safety

Even though they were banned more than two decades ago, hundreds of these hazardous pits can be found across Alberta

When her father attempted to rescue her, he also passed out. The teenaged son who attempted to retrieve both his sister and father was also overcome. Of the three family members who entered the cellar, only the father survived. At first, investigators suspected that the vegetables had rotted and emitted a toxic gas, but the […] Read more


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 […] Read more