Private Wells and Private Septic Systems
The KFL&A Public Health Unit is responsible for the inspection of private septic systems. Call 613-549-1232 for information on septic systems and approvals.
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regulates privately-owned wells. For additional information, please contact the local MOECC office at 613-549-4000.
Please utilize the above websites for additional information regarding:
- Facts about Sewage Disposal
- Environmental Health Department
- Disinfection of Wells
Our local public health unit provides free water testing (E. coli and total coliforms) to all owners of private wells in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington catchment area. Instructions from KFL&A Public Health on how to sample your water and receive the test results can be found here. In addition to the locations mentioned in the attached instructions, you can obtain water sample bottles at the Odessa Municipal Office, 263 Main Street, Odessa. Fresh water samples can then be dropped off at the Odessa office on Mondays or on Tuesday morning, and will be delivered to the KFL&A Public Health laboratory for testing.
Well Aware provides rural well owners with valuable information on how to maintain their well, as well as signs of damage or wear that could compromise their well's integrity. Well Aware is a project of Green Communities Canada.
The MOECC has produced a manual entitled Water Supply Wells: Requirements and Best Practices, which is available on their website.