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Conservation authority argues phasing out of free testing puts well owners at disadvantage

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority urges Ontario government to reconsider

May 1, 2024  By Ground Water Canada

Barrie, Ont. – The provision of free well water testing in Ontario is a crucial public service and a key public health measure, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) argues in response to the province’s proposal to phase out the free testing program.

It puts water well owners at a disadvantage against those whose drinking water sources are protected by the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, the conservation authority has noted in a letter to the province.

The NVCA board of directors say maintaining the program ensures equal access to safe drinking water.


Several residents in the Nottawasaga Watershed area access their water from private wells. Water from private wells has traditionally been tested for such bacteria as E. coli.


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