March 14, 2007
Media Release

Put your well to the test three times each year


NEWMARKET
In celebration of World Water Day (March 22nd), 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 are made to the well, after flooding or heavy rain fall, if the well has been dormant, or if there is a change in water appearance, colour or odour.
 
Each year World Water Day is recognized globally and aims to increase awareness about international water usage.  This year's theme is, "Coping with Water Scarcity."  In York Region and most of North America we are fortunate to have a relative abundance of fresh water from our lakes and groundwater supplies but we must conserve and protect these supplies so they are available for future generations.
 
As part of local World Water Day celebrations, York Region public health inspectors will be at the following locations to collect private well water samples and answer any questions residents have regarding their private well water safety.
 
WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
 
WHERE: ■ 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 20th will receive a free well information kit including various promotional items (while quantities last).
 
Private well water testing is available free of charge to owners of private wells. Results from private water tests are sent directly to the well owner.  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 www.worldwaterday.org
 
For more information on testing your private well water or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours cell (905) 716-2717
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca
 
 

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