Being Well Aware
Manitoba has worked with Green Communities Canada and its stakeholders to produce a Well Aware booklet for Manitoba well owners. The Well Aware booklet (en français) contains information on groundwater and well basics, well construction and maintenance, well sealing, water testing, and hiring a contractor. Being Well Aware means knowing the types of contamination that may affect your well, and understanding water quality results provided by an accredited laboratory. The booklet also describes possible treatment options should a problem with water quality be found. Fact sheets are also available on specific well water quality topics.
The Well Aware booklet is part of Manitoba's eight point strategy to protect groundwater.
It is the responsibility of the well owner to carry out a regular program of well maintenance to ensure well safety and understand well water quality. Taking care of your well is a three step process:
- Protect your well water at the ground surface by avoiding, eliminating, or reducing contaminants.
- Inspect your well regularly and keep your well in good running order.
- Test your well water regularly and respond to water quality problems.
As a well owner, it is your responsibility to protect groundwater by being informed and Well Aware.