Private Water Sources Testing Available

Article Courtesy of Kerry Benjoe, taken from the Saturday May 20, 2013 Edition of the Leader Post.

With the potential of spring flooding looming, the province is offering free testing of private water sources.
The Saskatchewan Dis­ease Control Laboratory will provide free bacteriological testing to residents to help determine whether well or cistern water, affected by flooding, is safe to drink.

The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) is offering site assessments of flooded wells and cisterns, including testing of water that is used as a pri­mary source of drinking water. Land owners will be required to shock chlori­nate prior to sampling and assessment. Information on shock chlorination and water quality is available at www.wsask.ca/floodwatch.
The free water testing will be available from now until the end of the flood season. “This spring may present us with a number of challenges from flooding,”  Ken Cheveldayoff, the minister responsible for the WSA, said in a news release. “We want to make sure that all drinking water sources in the province are protected from any contamination.”
Residents can contact their local health regions to find out if they are eligible for free testing and obtain forms and sample contain­ers.

A list of health region numbers is available on the government website www. health.gov.sk.ca/flooded-private-wells-fact-sheet.

Residents are asked to watch for signs of flooding, which may contaminate their water sources. An al­ternate water source such as bottled water should be used for drinking and cooking, if someone suspects their wa­ter may be contaminated.

Weekly updates and infor­mation on flood prepared­ness is available at www.gov.sk.ca/flood

Information on how to pre­pare for and clean up after a flood is available on the Min­istry of Health’s website.