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Sustainable Development

Private Well Fact Sheets

Well Aware

Please visit Manitoba Sustainable Development's "Being Well Aware" website to get a copy of the Well Aware booklet. The booklet contains information on groundwater and well basics, well construction and maintenance, well sealing, water testing, and hiring a contractor.

Well Water Fact Sheets

  1. How to Reduce the Risk of Well Water Contamination
  2. How to Test Well Water For Bacteria
  3. How to Disinfect a Well - Partial Chlorination Method
  4. How to Disinfect a Well - Full Chlorination Method
  5. Understanding Your Well Water Bacteria Results


In some Manitoba wells, nitrate has been found at concentrations exceeding health guidelines. High nitrate levels are a particular concern for pregnant or nursing women and for infants less than one year old.

Naturally Occurring Trace Elements in Well Water

The following fact sheets and maps are part of a series on naturally occurring elements sometimes found in well water. In some Manitoba wells, these trace elements have been found at concentrations exceeding health guidelines.

Well Water and Your Health

Drinking Water and Your Health

Upgrading or Abandoning of Water Wells

More Information

For fact sheets and additional information on public and semi-public water systems, please visit our Public Water System Data Portal.

For Boil Water Advisory Fact Sheets, please visit http://gov.mb.ca/conservation/waterstewardship/drinking_water/boil_water_advisory_factsheet.html

For Health information, contact Health Links at 204-788-8200 in Winnipeg; toll free at 1-888-315-9257 or contact your local public health office. To find your nearest office, go to: www.manitoba.ca/health/publichealth/offices.html.

For information on well driller reports, well construction, well sealing, or for a listing of licensed well drillers, contact Manitoba Sustainable Development, Groundwater Management Section at 204-945-6959.

For information on certification for water treatment devices, visit www.nsf.org.

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