Many rural residents rely on private wells and cisterns as their drinking water source.

The condition of water wells and safety of its water is the responsibility of the well owner. Unacceptable levels of bacteria, such as E. coli can contaminate a private water supply and put the health of those who use it at risk. Even a very small change in the well structure, such as a crack or a change in the environment such as heavy rain can result in significant changes to water quality.

Please refer to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s website for more details on how to test your private well or cistern water.

For more information on constructing, modifying, decommissioning, and more about wells on private property, visit the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s website.