Water wells provide a direct route for above ground contaminants to move into our ground water. When a well has become abandoned, it is no longer being maintained and often falls into disrepair. Degraded well caps and well casings lead to a much higher risk of contamination and once ground water has become contaminated remediation is often costly. Abandoned wells can also be a safety hazard, especially the large-diameter wells which are large enough for an animal or person to fall into the well and become trapped. Abandoned wells on your property can reduce the value of your property as well as pose a liability risk.
Many residents in Saskatchewan rely on ground water as their primary water source for their home and/or business. By decommissioning abandoned water wells on your property, you can help to protect this precious resource for generations to come.
Come out and join us for a live demonstration of an abandoned water well decommissioning!
On October 25 we will be in Ridgedale for the first of two demonstrations. We will meet at Ridgedale Community Hall at 1pm to begin a presentation from Rob Walcer, AScT, Water Security Agency Senior Ground Water Technologist, on the correct process to decommission a water well. We will also have a short presentation from Alicia Sopatyk, PAg. Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Specialist on the importance of water quality testing. Shortly after, we will head out to the well site, approximately 3/4 miles north of Ridgedale and watch Chupa Trucking and Excavating demonstrate how to decommission a large diameter water well.
This project was supported by the Agricultural Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) Initiative under the Canada-Saskatchewan Growing Forward 2 bi-lateral agreement.
On October 26 we will be east of Prince Albert, SW-11-49-22-W2, working with the South Saskatchewan River Agri-Environmental Group Plan to host a second well decommissioning demonstration. We will talk you through the steps to complete a large-diameter well decommissioning as the contractor completes the work.
Contact the Carrot River Valley Watershed Association in advanced to book your space – (306) 752-1270