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General Resources

Ontario Ground Water Association  Phone: (519) 245-7194

Membership includes licensed well drillers and pump installers, manufacturers and suppliers, and groundwater scientists and engineers.

Ontario Ministry of the Environment Well-related publications available to rural homeowners

Green Communities Canada Phone: (705) 745-7479

A national umbrella group for community non-profit organizations that deliver environmental programs and services.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has many detailed publications about rural water and wastewater.

Well Records

Available for a FREE from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Well records are entered under the name of the original well owner, lot and concession or the well tag number that is affixed to the well.

Water Testing

It is important to note that all bacteriological tests for Ontario are done in a licensed laboratory.
These tests are not done in the home.

The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Public Health Laboratories test for indicator bacteria. Collection kits can be picked up at an public health laboratory or at your local health unit. For the one nearest you, look under "health" in the blue pages of your telephone directory.

Licensed private labs can provide packages pesticides, minerals, metals, solvents, and fuels.

The Ontario Ground Water Association provides confidential soil and water testing packages for well owners through licensed laboratories in Ontario. Test packages include pesticides, minerals, metals, solvents, and fuels.

Water Treatment Devices

Health Canada provides information regarding:

Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA)provides information about water quality improvement for homes, businesses, industry and institutions.

Septic Systems

Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association and Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services

A Guide To Operating and Maintaining Your Septic System. Available from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Phone: 1-416-585-6666

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation fact sheet Your Septic System. How your system functions and how to live with a septic system.

Agricultural Best Practices 

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has many resources about water specific to the agricultural community. For more information the Environmental Farm Plan in your area, call: Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association: 1-800-265-9751.


Ontario Stewardship's purpose is to inform landowners about the value of an ecologically friendly approach.

Nature Clean has solutions for a toxic free home.

EcoEthic Quality, leading edge, environmental products. For cottage, cabin, country and city living.

Conservation Ontario is the network of local watershed management agencies that deliver services and programs that protect and manage water and other natural resources in partnership with government, landowners and other organizations.

Complete Walkerton Inquiry report.



Looking for funding to decommission an unused well?

Click here to see an interactive map that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has put together to help.

Is there funding in your area for a well upgrade or decommission?

Contact your local Conservation Authority and inquire about the Rural Clean Water Program.


Septic Reinspection Standards Released

The Building Code (Ontario Regulation 350/06) was recently amended by Ontario Regulation 315/10 to establish and govern on-site sewage system maintenance inspection programs. 

The guidelines for these programs, to be administered by "principal authorities" (i.e., municipalities, health units and/or conservation authorities) cover both mandatory (as dictated by the Clean Water Act, and discretionary programs (the vast majority of Ontario's 12.2 million on-site sewage systems are not in a mandatory inspection area.

The “in-force” date for many of these programs is January 1, 2011.  The balance of the regulation, concerning certain areas around the Lake Simcoe shoreline and watershed, comes into effect January 1, 2016.


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The Well Aware program is a valuable and accessible community resource that not only teaches rural homeowners how to best care for their well, but instills the values of water stewardship.

Jeff Leal, MPP