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Well Decommission

 

Well Decommission

To permanently fill in and seal a well to eliminate the well as a source of water, or as a potential physical hazard and to prevent movement of water within the well.

An abandoned well, not property decommissioned, poses a potential risk to our Province's and Country's precious ground water resources. It is estimated that approximately 30% of all Canadian households rely on ground water aquifers for domestic use. When wells are not properly decommissioned, they can be a direct path for groundwater pollution and a safety hazard for both humans and animals alike.

Our company and our trained technicians have the tools and know how to properly decommission any low yield or abandoned wells on your property.

The Ministry of the Environment has set out a specific format to ensure the proper decommissioning of abandoned wells.

 

Maintenance of Inactive Wells and the Decommissioning of Abandoned Wells

Provincial regulations require wells that are no longer in use to be properly maintained or to be abandoned and decommissioned in an appropriate manner to prevent the entry of contaminants into the groundwater. Simply dumping sand or dirt down the well or covering it with a steel or cement cap will not ensure that contaminates will not leak into the ground water aquifers.The responsibility for maintaining an inactive well or decommissioning an abandoned well, lies with the well owner. Provincial law requires that the decommissioning, also know as sealing, of abandoned wells is performed by a certified water well contractor. Licensed water well contractors have the necessary equipment and experience to complete the job safely and properly.

 

Deciding to Maintain or Decommission a Well

Wells are expensive commodities and are generally an asset to the property even if they are not currently in use, but only as long as they are properly maintained. Should it be decided that a well serves no useful purpose, or has no real value and as a result may constitute a liability, then the well should be considered abandoned and must be properly decommissioned.

Prior to decommissioning, all wells should be investigated to determine their condition, the details of construction and whether or not any obstructions exist that will interfere with the filling and sealing process. Any obstructions should be removed by cleaning out the hole if possible.

Provincial law requires that the decommissioning, also know as sealing, of abandoned wells is performed by a certified water well contractor. Licensed water well contractors have the necessary equipment and experience to complete the job safely and according to Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation.

 

To learn more about Water Well Decommission, click the link below.

 http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/11_299_2004#section6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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