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Water is life: invest in your health and home

December 20th,2023 | Valley Voices

By Gillie Griffin, Jill Watkins, Nancy Baker

Our homes are one of the largest financial investments we make. Could you live in your home with no water or contaminated water? Would the value of your investment decrease if you lost access to potable water? 

If your water comes from a well, being aware of its health helps you determine possible sources of any change or problem in the water you use.

Here are a few tips to help track the health of your well. 

Find your well. If you are unaware of the location or depth of your well, you may be able to find it on this incomplete database https://www.sih.environnement.gouv.qc.ca/index.html. In 2021 the municipality of La Pêche started to issue permits to drill wells (bylaw 101-2021). Information on new wells is stored in your municipal file, which can be found on the municipality of La Pêche website. Information on well drilling is also available on the municipal website.

If you own an older well, you may need to follow the pipes from your home to find its location.

  1. Keep the records of your well. If you are a property owner, you are responsible for all the information regarding your well, e.g. the date drilled, location, depth, etc., as well as all water testing reports. If there are any changes in your water, you will have a record. You may want to keep a log of any changes you find in the quality or quantity of your water.
  2. Examine your well. Is your well near possible sources of contamination? (Road drainage, an old septic, flooding). Does the well casing need repair or updating? The municipality of La Pêche website has information on well configuration maintenance and development of your well.  
  3. Test your water. Pick up a kit to test your water. Follow the instructions. The Quebec Ministry of the Environment recommends that you test your water twice a year.

In March 2023 the Low Down published two articles: “Deep well of history” (October 18 edition) and “MTQ hid water risk amid Hwy 5 expansion” (March 1 edition).   

Construction and new buildings may change the quantity and quality of your well water.

H2O Wakefield is encouraging residents to test their well water and keep records. Protecting our water sources is essential as they are shared among us all. For more information please visit h2owakefield.com.

Gillie Griffin, Jill Watkins and Nancy Baker are members of the group H20 Wakefield. 

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