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Well Water Quality

Well Water Quality

"Ground water can become contaminated by many of the same pollutants that contaminate surface water."

A drilled well is a mainstay for many Canadians, with 30 percent of residents, or nine million residents, within Canada obtaining their water from a ground water source. Approximately 15 percent of this water is within rural areas and some parts of the country rely on ground water exclusively. 

A water sample should be taken for comparison against the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.
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What is Hard Water?

What is Hard Water?

"If you notice white calcification, you very likely have hard water."

Hard water is generally found in areas that are composed of limestone. Calcium and magnesium are absorbed into the water as it comes in contact with the limestone. The level of absorption varies by region. Hardness in water is found in both deep drilled and shore wells, it can also be present in rivers and lakes with spring fed water sources.

Removing hardness from water will save money and reduce the amount of cleaning products used.
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How to Remove Lead from Water

How to Remove Lead from Water

"Lead is a toxic heavy metal, for many years it was widely used in a variety of products."

Lead is toxic and can be harmful to human health, even in small amounts. It can pose a significant public health risk if ingested or dissolved in drinking water. Scientists agree there is no level of lead that is considered safe, and Health Canada recommends reducing levels as much as possible.

To check for lead in water, it is important to know the source of your water.
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Well Water Experiences

Well Water Experiences

"Water safety is important, and the best way to ensure that safety is a full scale water test conducted by a professional."

Three recent experiences have highlighted the need for improved water testing and awareness of potential contaminants in rural areas of the country. The absence of odour, colour, or bacterial contamination does not indicate that water is safe and in accordance with the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.

Properly test a dug, shore or drilled well before purchasing a property or installing any equipment.
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Enteric Viruses in Water

Enteric Viruses in Water

"There are more than 200 recognized enteric viruses of which approximately 140 variations are currently known to infect humans."

Health Canada recently published Enteric Viruses in Drinking Water, a review of the health risks associated with these viruses. This document indicates viruses are present to some degree in all sources of Canadian drinking water and the human illnesses associated with enteric viruses are diverse.

Enteric viruses have been detected in surface water and groundwater sources.
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Jet Pumps Risks & Solutions

Jet Pumps Risks & Solutions

"Often people who live in rural areas are completely unaware that water in their well has the potential to be at an extremely low level and that their water pump is subject to possible damage."

People routinely leave their homes and do not consider the possible risks posed by their jet pump. 
A scenario where the jet pump runs dry, overheats and catches fire, potentially burning down the house, is possible under the right conditions.

A jet pump has the potential to start a fire under the right conditions.
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Groundwater Education

Groundwater Education

" Drilled wells have the potential to have surface water contamination."

A drilled well is subject to influences from the incoming water table and surface water from runoff, septic systems and agricultural contamination. This article is a general summary of what can be in well water and provides information on contaminants, well practices and water testing.

Have you considered what might be in your well water?
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Groundwater - The Changing Well

Groundwater - The Changing Well

"Each water test is a snapshot of one day in a year. What about the other 364?"

The drilling of a well is a welcomed act for many people as it provides the necessity of water for their home or cottage. In Canada we are fortunate to have an abundance of groundwater that can provide a reliable, year round source of water for many municipalities and rural owners. The need for properly installed water treatment devices is no longer one of perceived need but one of necessity to ensure the safety of water for the consumer.

Groundwater is variable and subject to seasonal, environmental and human fluctuations.
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Total Dissolved Solids - What You Don't See

Total Dissolved Solids - What You Don't See

"Out of sight, invisible and dissolved in water, TDS what you cannot see."

If a glass of water is held up and it is colourless, crystal clear and has no odour would you think there is much wrong with the water? Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are completely dissolved in a water supply and generally invisible to the human eye. They are not associated with a bacterial test and are not tested for at the Public Health Unit when you submit a water sample. At certain level’s they pose a risk and are not a recommended drinking water source according to the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Sometimes what you do not see can be a risk.
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