Lusk Geo Inc. offers ‘Water Wells in Ontario: Rules, Exemptions and Best Management Practices’ course
By Ground Water Canada
MECP-approved alternative to 10-day course for those seeking licences in Ontario
By Ground Water Canada
Ontario – Effective Oct. 2, 2020, Lusk Geo Inc. is offering a 30-hour course for those wishing to obtain an Ontario well technician licence that can be offered anywhere in Ontario and at any time.
“Water Wells in Ontario: Rules, Exemptions and Best Management Practices is a Ministry of the Environment,” Conservation and Parks director-approved course of study under R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 903 (Wells).
The course is designed to allow assistant well technicians to qualify for the ministry exam to get their full licence. It can be run at any location, at any time of the year and is applicable to any class of well technician licence, said former MECP staff, course instructor and company principal Warren Lusk, P. Geo., in a news release.
Lusk has 36 years of experience and was the “go-to” subject matter expert on water-well policy implementation, compliance and enforcement work for the ministry over several years until his retirement in December 2019.
Since 2003 and in response to improperly trained persons working on drinking water systems causing illnesses – for example, the Walkerton, Ont., incident in 2000 – the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks requires all new well technician licence applicants to obtain a course of study of at least 30 hours approved by the ministry’s appointed director.
The “Water Wells in Ontario: Rules, Exemptions and Best Management Practices” course is designed to:
• meet the education requirement of the Wells Regulation
• improve longstanding compliance issues
• help protect groundwater resources and drinking water
• help protect your company’s liability
• help protect your own liability
The course covers topics on water-well construction (including equipment and pump installation, upgrades and repairs), maintenance and abandonment, reporting, documentation and notification, and licensing.
It is designed for all persons who work at the construction of any type of well – for example, water-supply well, test hole, dewatering well – and the installation of equipment in a well – for example, pumps, testing and sampling equipment.
The course offers diagrams, photographs and videos with case studies to help clarify the rules and best management practices. The curriculum is based on the following ministry publications:
• Water Supply Wells – Requirements and Best Management Practices Manual
• Test Holes and Dewatering Wells – Requirements and Best Management Practices Manual
At 30 hours, the course takes less time than other ministry-approved courses currently being offered.
Applicants can take the course anywhere in Ontario at any time of the year and at any time of the week to help meet an applicant’s and company’s busy schedules. In some cases, the course schedule does not have to run on consecutive days and can be split to accommodate the applicant’s needs, for example, two days a week over a two- to three-week period.
The course, which can be arranged to be offered at a location near the applicant’s work or home to help reduce their travel burden, is not restricted by minimum or maximum enrolment numbers. Depending on the desired training location, it can be offered to a single individual or a group.
The fee of $2,212.39 plus HST per person covers all expenses for the instructor and location.