Well Management Overview
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  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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  • Water Softeners
  • Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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    Well Management Overview

    Drilling a new wellIf you've always lived on a municipal water system you may not have given much thought to how the system works, other than making sure your bill is paid regularly. Moving to a rural area often means that your drinking water comes from a private well, so it will now be your responsibility to make sure your system is regularly tested and properly maintained. Good well water can taste great if you're used to treated city water, so any extra work is well worth the effort.

    Sometimes, however, the old farmhouse you're attracted to because of its "character" has an old dug well that needs replacing. Or the cottage you've decided to renovate for year-round use never had a well at all. Perhaps the only flaw in your little piece of paradise is well water that smells like rotten eggs (sulfur).

    Read on to learn how to respond to these challenges and to keep your well in good working order, producing safe, great-tasting water.

    Water quality in private wells falls under the responsibility of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. If you own your own private well and the water is for your own personal use only, information can be obtained from Public Health Ontario about how to test your water and how to protect your well water. A testing kit can be obtained from your local health unit.

    The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has the provincial responsibility for well water testing. Information is available on their website about how to sample your water for accurate results and what to do if your test is positive. A testing kit can be obtained from your local health unit.

    What's In Your Well? - A Guide to Well Water Treatment and Maintenance from Health Canada also provides detailed information about possible contaminants and common water quality problems, such as hard water scales, rust and rotten egg smell.

    Buying a House with a Well and Septic System is a fact-sheet that was produced by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This fact sheet provides detailed information about the types of wells and their construction and what to have checked before you buy a home. Often excellent information about wells can be obtained from your local real estate company, for example Green Facts, Managing Your Well Water in Times of Shortage, is a fact sheet produced by the Ontario Ministry of Environment. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture has developed a water policy because of a growing concern about water shortages in rural Ontario.

    Well Aware is a free well assessment program provided in various communities across the province. Follow the link in the left panel for Well Aware Service Providers to find out if home visits are available in your area. The visits are voluntary, confidential, and non-regulatory. The service includes recommendations on well maintenance and upgrading, properly sealing unused wells, water conservation, yard naturalization and septic system best management.

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    Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

    Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

    If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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