Caring for your well


Old, unused and unwanted wells must be properly sealed and decommissioned by a licensed well contractor.

Half the people in the Quinte Region depend on groundwater for their drinking water source.

An old, unused or improperly maintained well can be a direct path for contaminants to reach our sources of drinking water.

If you have a well on your property, make sure that it is well maintained in order to protect our groundwater from contamination.

Here are some things you can do to keep your well water safe:

  • know exactly where your well is
  • keep potential sources of contamination away from your well
  • inspect your well regularly and have any necessary repairs or upgrades done by a licensed well contractor
  • make sure your well has a proper cap to prevent the entry of seepage or insects
  • maintain your septic system as this can be a source of contamination
  • have your water tested regularly to detect any problems so they can be fixed
  • have a licensed well contractor decommission old unused wells on your property
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See a SLIDE SHOW about how to properly seal up an old, unused well.

As a well owner it is your responsibility to be ‘well aware’ and to keep your water source safe.

Listen to a podcasts:
Why look after your well?
Caring for your well


Well Aware: A guide to caring for your well and protecting your family's health website.

SLIDE SHOW about sealing up old, unused wells

What Well and Borehole Drillers Need to Know About Drinking Water Source Protection 

Find a well record

Find a licensed water well contractor

How Do I Care For My Private Well from Conservation Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment website provides information of interest to well owners.

The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit website has links to more information of interest to well owners.

See Quinte Conservation's short video on Groundwater.

Ontario Groundwater Association

Water Supply Wells: Requirements and Best Practices