Property owners are responsible for all installation, maintenance, and repairs of the private well and septic tank on their land.

Your Private Well

As a private well owner, it is your job to understand the basics of well maintenance and operation, and to take the necessary actions to keep your water wells in safe running order.

Test Your Well Water for Bacteria

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit offers free water testing to private households that draw their drinking water from a well. The EOHU recommends you test your well water for coliform bacteria and E-coli:

  • every 4 months (3 times a year);
  • if you suspect a waterborne illness;
  • if you notice a change in colour, odour or taste.

Visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website for more information.

Resources for Private Well Owners

Your Septic System

Understanding your well and septic system can help protect your health, the health of your family and the health of the environment. As an owner of a private well and septic system, you are responsible for maintenance and repairs.

Properly Caring for Your Septic System

Step 1: Pump regularly

  • Get your septic system pumped every 3 to 5 years.

Step 2: Inspect often

  • Regular inspections every three years helps prevent problems. Keep accurate records of your septic maintenance and get your effluent filter checked and cleaned every year.

Step 3: Pour and flush responsibly

  • Don't pour down the drain or flush cooking oils, food waste, hazardous chemicals, and harsh cleaning products.

For more information on your septic system, call South Nation Conservation Authority.

More Resources on Septic Tanks

The following websites offer well owners, contractors and technicians information about the legal requirements of wells, as well as other useful information regarding chlorination and sampling recommended by the Ministry of Health.