Outside of the Public Water Supply Systems in Anola, Dugald and Oakbank, remaining Municipal residences and businesses rely primarily on private wells for their supply of water.
It is the responsibility of the private well owner to carry out a regular program of well maintenance to ensure well safety and understand well water quality. Taking care of your well is a three-step process:
- Protect your well water at the ground surface by avoiding, eliminating, or reducing contaminants.
- Inspect your well regularly and keep your well in good running order.
- Test your well water regularly and respond to water quality problems.
As a well owner, it is your responsibility to protect groundwater by being informed and Well Aware, click below to read more!
Well Water Testing
The province recommends testing wells and cistern water for the presence of bacteriological contaminants at least once a year. Preferably, the sample should be taken when the system is most vulnerable to contamination, e.g., during spring melt or following a period of heavy rainfall. Additional testing should be conducted if the well or cistern has been affected by flooding or if there is a noticeable change in the water’s taste, colour, odour, or clarity.
Private surface water systems should not be used for drinking unless you are absolutely certain the water has been properly filtered, disinfected, and ongoing water testing has demonstrated that the water is safe to drink. If you are consuming treated surface water, as a minimum, a water test should be conducted every change of season and following any maintenance completed on the treatment system.
Sample bottles and request forms are available at the Water and Waste Department Offices (Unit 2 27055 Oakwood Road, Oakbank) for ALS Environmental Lab, Central Testing Labs and Horizon Labs Ltd. for pickup Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm (closed between 12:00 & 1:00 daily and closed at 3:30 on Fridays).
Residents can choose which water testing lab they would like to go to which vary in price and location, below are several options:
12-1329 Niakwa Road E.
Winnipeg MB R2J 3T4
Central Testing Lab
Unit 9 – 851 Lagimodiere Blvd
Winnipeg MB R2J 3K4
Horizon Lab Ltd.
4055 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3K 2E8
Private Well Fact Sheets
Click below for useful information about how to:
- Reduce the risk of well water contamination
- Test well water for bacteria
- Disinfect a well – partial chlorination method
- Disinfect a well – full chlorination method
- Understanding your well water bacteria results
Provincial water well fact sheets and educational videos on well testing, well disinfection, and how to reduce well water contamination are available at manitoba.ca/drinkingwater under “Public Information”.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Drinking Water:
- General inquiries, 204-945-5762;
- Technical inquiries and guidance specifically related to private wells, 204-948-1351.