Private well water

You can use water from a private well (surface or artesian well) provided recent tests show that it meets quality standards. If it is a new well, the water should be tested for chemicals and bacteria by a lab accredited by ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. For the names of accredited labs in your region, call 1-800-561-1616 or log onto www.ceaeq.gouv.qc.ca/accreditation/PALA/lla03.htm.

If you own a private well, it is recommended that you have your well water tested at least twice a year. Tests can detect undesirable bacteria like E. coli and chemical compounds such as nitrites and nitrates. For more information, visit: www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/eau/ potable/depliant/index-en.htm.

When concentrations of chemical substances in drinking water exceed allowable levels, use another source of drinking water, like bottled water.

If you have doubts about the quality of well water in your area, you can contact:

  • A local well digger
  • Your municipality

For more information, contact:

  • Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
  • Your local public health department
  • A lab in your area accredited by ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques

Information to which you should pay special attentionDo not drink warm tap water and do not use it to prepare your baby’s bottles or for cooking as it may contain more lead, contaminants, and bacteria than cold water..