Well Upgrades to Ministry Standards
Well upgrades are performed within the Ontario Ministry Of Environment 903 regulation. All work is completed using only the highest quality materials, such as brass fittings underground and 100 PSI. certified polypipe to deliver the water from the well to the house. The steel well is extended by welding a new piece of pipe on top of the existing well, installing a new vermin proof well seal and protecting the upper area of the well casing using a clay type product called bentonite. We install a new Ministry of Environment steel tag near the top of the new well with a registration number on it for the Ministry Of Environment. The well is located by GPS and a well recovery rate test is performed. The space around the well is filled with top soil and graded away from the well.
Drilled wells located below the surface level require an upgrade to prevent surface water from leaking into the well and causing contamination of the well water. If your well is not correctly protected or up to date and does contaminate your well water you may also be responsible for contamination in your neighbor's well. This has been the case in some past lawsuits.
When purchasing a home with a well, a good rule of thumb is to have an agreement written in the conditions about who shall be responsible to bring the well up to regulation standards to prevent future disputes. The well and pumping system should always be inspected by a licensed well technician and not only a home inspector.