Welcome To
Acadia Broadcasting NewsThe Latest and Greatest ContentYour Trusted Local Source


Free Well Water Testing For Those Affected By Fiona

By Tara Clow Oct 12, 2022 | 10:55 AM

Dubravko Sorić / CC

The provincial government is providing free well water testing for those affected by hurricane Fiona.

Water sampling kits can be picked up at Service New Brunswick centres or at regional offices of the Department of Environment and Local Government.

Samples will be sent to the Research and Productivity Council laboratory in Moncton and results will be made available to the well owners.

Bacterial analysis and reporting can take up to four business days from the time the sample arrives at the lab. If analysis indicates the presence of E. coli, the well owner will be contacted by officials. If no harmful contamination is detected, well owners will be notified by mail.

Water safety tips

  • Water can be boiled ahead of time, cooled, and then stored in clean, covered containers.
  • Water should be boiled until the well is chlorinated and test results show the water is free from harmful bacteria.
  • If your well water has a different smell or colour than usual, even after letting the water run, or you think the well may be affected by chemicals such as furnace oil, gasoline or agricultural chemicals, do not use your well water. Contact your regional office of the Department of Environment and Local Government for follow-up.

Flushing well with chlorine

  • Ten days after floodwaters have receded, chlorinate your well using the guide, How to Chlorinate Your Well Water. This document is available online, at the department’s regional offices, or by calling 506-453-3700.
  • After chlorinating and flushing your water system, wait seven days before collecting a water sample for analysis.
  • Follow the instructions in the kit.
  • Ensure that you have your property identification number and, if possible, a well identification number if the well was constructed in 1994 or after.

Owners of private wells are advised to test their water twice a year, in the spring and fall, and to have a bacterial analysis conducted to help ensure safety.


Leave a Reply