Private well users encouraged to protect drinking water

Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.
Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.

With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
 
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
 
Homeowners should:

  • Consider whether their well is equipped to ensure their tap water is clean and safe.
  • Ensure their wells are properly protected from flooding.
  • Take appropriate water treatment measures and test their well water regularly to prevent water-borne illnesses caused by contamination of water with harmful bacteria such as E.coli.

For information related to well water testing, please visit the IH website.
 
The list of laboratories approved by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer for drinking water microbiology testing is available here.
 
The Interior Health website’s Drinking Water page also has a variety of information related to clean, safe, and reliable tap water, which can be found here.