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Rural Water Stewardship



  • Test well water quality three times a year after heavy rains.
  • Clean debris from around well.
  • Check well cap and seal are intact and water tight.
  • Ensure ground is adequately graged around well to direct surface run-off away.
  • Maintain low growing grass or ground cover around well.
  • Keep animals and animal waste far from well.
  • Seal wells that are no longer in use (contact a licence well technician to do this correctly).
  • Install water conservation devices (low-flow toilets, showerheads, faucet aerators).
  • Pump septic tank every 2-3 years.
  • Check septic bed for signs of system failure (compacted areas, spongy spots, bad smell, excessive growth of vegetation, trees over the leaching bed) and have repairs done promptly.
  • Avoid putting fats, paints, antibacterial products, etc.
  • Dispose of oil, gasoline, antifreeze, paints, toxins at hazardous waste centres.
  • Capture rain water for lawn and garden watering.
  • Naturalize lawns and gardens and use alternatives to cosmetic pesticides and fertilizers.
  • Talk to your neighours about well stewardship.




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