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Gases in well water can be a risk, says provincial water engineer

Oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, methane and hydrogen sulphide occur naturally in some aquifers

Gases in water wells can be a danger on farms and rural properties, says a provincial agricultural water engineer. Gases can occur naturally in water wells, dissolving in the water while under pressure and then being released when water is 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 how to keep your well in good shape

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to well maintenance. Test regularly Test well water once or twice a year for coliform bacteria and E. coli. Sample bottles are available at local public health offices and come with instructions on sampling. The health office will send the sample to […] Read more

Regular testing is the only way to ensure clean, safe water

Testing not only protects families, but can identify maintenance problems or other issues early on

Regulations ensure urban water supplies are regularly treated and tested, but rural residents can’t just turn on a tap and be assured of clean drinking water. If you get water from a private well, you’re responsible for managing and maintaining the well and ensuring the water supply is tested regularly and is safe to drink. […] Read more


An old well can threaten the safety of your water supply if it has not been properly plugged.


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


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