Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Do you get your water from a well?

While I live in the Back Off Government capital of Ontario, many of us know we have to protect the environment. Here is a press release from the US, which features some good advice about wells. I get a lot of spam from US PR firms, with 'important information of interest to your (my) readers!"

Ontario produces a DVD of information.
Each province has much information, as well as rules and regulations. We just had our water tested, despite out summer drought. It is less likely to be contaminated in a drought situation.

Canadian Government Websites

Ontario's Wells Regulation (Reg. 903) for more information 

From the NGWA video
Press release:
Protecting groundwater protects public health, the environment
The National Ground Water Association (US) encourages the public to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 11.
In the United States, 88 million Americans rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems while another 42 million Americans rely on individual household water wells.
For household water well owners, how they manage their well systems and property can make a difference in their water quality. People who do not use household wells also can make a difference in groundwater quality, for instance, by how they store, use, and dispose of hazardous household substances, or how well they maintain their septic systems.

Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you, then take Action. Here are some action steps individuals can take courtesy of the (state agency) and the National Ground Water Association:
1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination
  • Everyone
  • If you own  a water well
    • Wellheads should be a safe distancefrom potential contamination
    • Septic systemmalfunctions can pollute groundwater
    • Poorly constructed or maintained wells can facilitate contamination
    • Improperly abandoned wells can lead to groundwater contamination (read related article).                             

2. Consider which apply to you
3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination
  • Everyone
When it comes to water conservation:
When it comes to hazardous household substances:


EG CameraGirl said...

I'm on town water but we all need to conserve. I live in York Region where water is expensive - even though there's a LOT of it. I think this is a good thing as it encourages people to use water more wisely.

Contamination is a huge problem everywhere. Sad.

eileeninmd said...

I am on well water and we will not use many products on our lawn and gardens. Organic is the way to go. Great post.

Kay said...

I believe we get our water from artesian wells and reservoirs. I've been told our water is not as healthy as it once was.