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Environmental Health

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Water

Drinking Water

Private Wells

If you are a well owner, here are some important steps you should take to make sure your water is safe to drink. You can also pick up a free copy of the Well Water Information Kit from
Service Peel – 7120 Hurontario St, Mississauga
. Visit Private Well Owner Responsibilities for information about maintaining your private well.

How could my well water become contaminated?

Contaminated well water has levels of bacteria and/or chemicals that can make you ill.
Contaminants can enter your well water if:     

  • The well is poorly maintained
  • Sewage or wastewater leaks from a septic system
  • Waste is put directly into the well
  • Fertilizers or pesticides are over-applied
  • Fuels and pesticides spill on the ground
  • A fuel storage tank leaks
  • Industrial solvents and chemicals are improperly handled

Where can I pick up bottles and drop off water samples?


Pick up water sample bottles

Location Hours of Operation
Service Peel
7120 Hurontario St.,
Mississauga
[Map]
Mon - Fri
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Service Peel
10 Peel Centre Dr.,
Brampton
[Map]
Mon - Fri
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA)
Access Peel Desk
5 & 7 Wellington Street East, Brampton
[Map]
Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cheltenham General Store
14386 Creditview Rd.,
Caledon
[Map]
During regular store hours.
Call 905-838-2729 for hours.
Town of Caledon
Administration Building
6311 Old Church Rd.,
Caledon East
[Map]
Mon - Fri
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drop off water samples for testing (within 24 hours of collection)

Location Hours of Operation
Service Peel
7120 Hurontario St.,
Mississauga
[Map]
Mon - Thurs
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Outside of these hours, use the
outdoor drop box.)
No drop-off on Fridays.
Town of Caledon
Administration Building
6311 Old Church Rd.,
Caledon East
[Map]
Mon - Thurs
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
No drop-off on Fridays
Ontario Central Public Health Lab
81 Resources Rd.,
Etobicoke
[Map]
Call 416-235-6556 or 1-877-604-4567 for hours.

What should I do if my well water is contaminated with bacteria?

STOP using it for drinking, brushing teeth and washing dishes if your water quality tests results show that your water is contaminated with bacteria. You could become ill if you drink it. Until you are able to fix the problem, use one of these sources of emergency drinking water:

Method Directions
Boiling Water should be placed in a heat-resistant container or an electric kettle without an automatic shut-off and brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill all disease-causing organisms.
Chlorine Bleach Add 8 drops (1.25 mL or 1/4 tsp) per gallon (4.51 L) of water. Mix and let stand at least 30 minutes.
Bottled Use water from a reputable supplier. Make sure seal is not broken on bottle before use.

(Note: For chemically contaminated water, boiling and chlorine bleach cannot make it safe to drink. Use bottled water as a source of emergency drinking water.)


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