The best way to ensure you have a safe, clean drinking water supply is through regular maintenance and water testing. We've compiled a list of documents and tools to help you test your water, understand the results, and repair and maintain your supply well.
A Guide for Private Well Owners is a manual for well owners published by Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. It's full of valuable information on protecting your well, how frequently you should sample for bacteria, and how to disinfect your well if it becomes contaminated.
The Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines are the regulations dictating the acceptable chemical and organic composition of drinking water in Canada. Your water quality results will be compared to these guidelines to determine whether it is safe to drink.
This tool, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment, lets you input the results of your water quality analysis and compares them to the Health Canada drinking water guidelines.
A list of frequently asked questions about natural water contaminants compiled by the Government of Nova Scotia.
These interactive maps produced by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines show the predicted risk of groundwater containing various potential harmful. naturally occurring chemical compounds across Nova Scotia based on the bedrock geology.
This is a step-by-step procedure for taking a water sample for microbiological analysis provided by the Government of Nova Scotia.
This is a step-by-step procedure for taking a water sample for chemical analysis provided by the Government of Nova Scotia.
This is a step-by-step procedure for disinfecting your drinking water well using chlorine bleach courtesy of the Nova SCotia Department of the Environment.
This is a fact sheet explaining the effects of climate change on water supplies in Nova Scotia, put together by the provincial Department of the Environment.
This is a map put together by members of the ENRICH project showing the locations of toxic facilities in Nova Scotia, the locations of African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities, including their relative proximity to these toxic sites.