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With the arrival of spring, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public that it provides a free well water testing service to households that get their drinking water from a residential well.

Water quality can change over time, or it can happen suddenly and you may not notice a change in look, taste or smell.  That’s why your water should be tested for coliform bacteria and E. coli at least three times a year, especially in early spring when melting snow may cause water run-off to enter your well.  You should also have it tested if you suspect a waterborne illness or notice a change in colour, odour or taste.

Testing your well water on a regular basis is the only way to ensure the safety of your drinking water.  The test results help you to address specific problems and to avoid any potential contamination.  “Bacteria in water can lead to illness so severe that hospitalization may be required.  In some cases, it can even cause death,” says Caroline Kuate, Program Manager, Water Quality.  “It’s important to test your private water source to ensure its safety.”

Get your well water tested today.  Pick up your water sample bottle at the EOHU and drop off your sample any day except Fridays.  Visit the EOHU’s website at www.eohu.ca for water sample drop-off hours and locations.

For more information on well water testing and understanding your test results, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask for the Health Line or visit the website at www.eohu.ca.