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Updated: Dec 18, 2020

October 18, 2020


Rural Water Watch was thrilled to host our first annual Healthy Wells Day on October 18, 2020. Three communities across Nova Scotia hosted water testing events: Greenville in Yarmouth County, Weymouth Falls in Digby County, and Carrolls Corner in Halifax County. Later in the day, a video about arsenic in drinking water, and discussion on maintaining a healthy drinking water well with Gordon Check from the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, were held on our Facebook page.


Rural Water Watch provided bacteria testing for participants, as well as general advice and education for well maintenance. Approximately 75 samples from all three communities were analyzed at AGAT Laboratories. We are still working with communities to help well owners take the next steps based on their results.


Our first Healthy Wells Day was a great success! We are looking forward to expanding next year, with events in more communities and more education opportunities. If you are interested in holding a testing event in your community, please reach out to ruralwaterwatch@gmail.com!

January 27, 2020


Members of the Rural Water Watch Association gathered at the Halifax Central Library for its second Annual General Meeting. The evening covered Rural Water Watch's activities over the past year, and our plans going forward into 2020. We also held elections for all positions on the Board of Directors.



Some of the things Rural Water Watch accomplished in 2019 were:

- Launching our website and newsletter

- Offering Healthy Wells Workshops in communities throughout the HRM

- Organizing community water sampling projects for 2020


We would also like to welcome Meghann Kerr, Courtney Bonner, and Juliet Egbulefu as newly elected Members-at-Large on our Board of Directors.


Rural Water Watch has many exciting projects planned for 2020, so keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates!


Rural Water Watch would like to thank Pavia Gallery Espresso Bar & Cafe for providing us with tea, coffee, and cookies. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) for providing us with funding to host this event in a public, accessible location, and for feeding our hungry members!


Updated: Feb 13, 2020

January 18, 2020


Residents of the Carrolls Corner area gathered at the Carrolls Corner Community Center in the afternoon of January 18, 2020 for Rural Water Watch's second Healthy Wells Workshop. We would like to sincerely thank Juli and the Community Center for making this workshop possible.



Attendees discussed the importance of testing drinking well water regularly, and doing regular maintenance of well and plumbing infrastructure. Questions focused on water hardness, iron, and manganese. As this area sits on limestone and gypsum bedrock, clogged plumbing fixtures are a common problem for well owners.


Baked treats came from the Brookfield Bakery, and few lucky folks took home free bacteria analyses from a draw to get them started on their water quality monitoring!


Rural Water Watch is planning to offer these workshops on an ongoing basis across the province, so stay tuned for more news!

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