Rural Well Testing Project

24/06/2024

Sandra Younie, working with the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds. SAW is currently doing a project with the University of Saskatchewan, McMaster University, Roy Romanov Provincial Lab and the Water Security Agency to do some free rural well testing in select RMs including the RM of Grassy Creek No. 78. 

They will be taking two samples of untreated well water to send to the Roy Romanov Provincial Lab to test General Chemistry and Toxicity, and E.coli. In addition to the free samples, the University of Saskatchewan does a survey with the participants. The goal of the survey is to learn about the experiences people have managing their water and provide feedback on the types of supports they would find useful. The cost of the testing (about a $250 value) is covered as a part of this project, so it could be a great opportunity for people to have their water tested. The study focuses on household use wells, but they want to help people out wherever possible, so if someone has a livestock well they’re interested in testing they’re offering to take samples and drop them off  in Swift Current for the free testing that the Ministry of Agriculture does. 

 Just to give an overview of what the tests specifically look at:

General Chemistry – bicarbonate, iron, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, carbonate, nitrate, chloride, potassium, sodium, fluoride, pH value, total alkalinity, total hardness, total dissolved solids, and conductivity. 

Health & Toxicity – aluminum, lead, uranium, arsenic, selenium, iron*, manganese, boron, barium, zinc, chromium, copper, and cadmium.

Bacteriological – Testing for total coliforms & E. coli.

 *as general chemistry and health & toxicity are two different tests iron is included in both.

If you have any questions or are interested in taking part in the project contact Sandra Younie by email

 s.younie@saskwatersheds.ca  or by phone at 306-609-0148.