March 9, 2006
Media Release

Put your well to the test three times each year

NEWMARKET - Have you tested your well water lately? As spring approaches and we prepare for the warm and sunny weather, York Region Health Services reminds home and cottage owners to test their private well water.
Private well owners should test their well water three times each year, in the spring, summer and fall. Well water should also be tested after any repairs or after flooding, if the well has been dormant, or if there is a change in water appearance, colour or odour.
In celebration of World Water Day 2006 and to encourage private well owners to bring in their well water samples for testing, public health inspectors will be staffing displays, providing promotional items and answering questions concerning private well water.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 8:30 am-12:00 noon
       ■  Georgina Civic Centre (26557 Civic Centre Road, Keswick)
       ■  York Region Health Services offices:
            Richmond Hill (50 High Tech Road, 2nd floor)
            Markham (4261 Hwy #7 East)
            Newmarket (Tannery, 465 Davis Dr. 2nd Floor)
Private well owners who drop off their water samples to one of these locations on Tuesday, March 21st will receive a free well information kit and special promotional items (while quantities last). Free well information kits will continue to be available while quantities last at each of the Health Services offices.
Private well water testing is available free of charge to owners of private wells. Results from private water tests are sent to the well owner and the local public health office.  York Region Health Services public health inspectors are available to assist in the interpretation of the well water results and offer advice on well disinfection, treatment and maintenance through the Health Connection information line.
For more information on World Water Day visit the website at
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and the services our Region offers, please visit our Web site at:
Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 or after-hours pager (905) 830-3302

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