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Monday, February 16, 2015

Ontario's Water Well Regulations

Guidelines for well owners

Ontarians deserve access to clean, safe water. This means keeping water free of pollutants and contaminants that could harm the environment and human health.
Over three million Ontarians rely on groundwater for their drinking water. There are hundreds of thousands of water wells across Ontario, providing drinking water to municipalities, industries and private residences.
The Government of Ontario has moved forward over the past ten years on a series of initiatives to preserve water quality, including new legislation, regulations, standards and requirements. Ontario now has the toughest standards and protocols for drinking water in North America.
Wells providing water to small businesses, common spaces and residential communities may qualify as "regulated systems." Private wells are not regulated systems, but there are new rules in place for constructing or decommissioning (abandoning) a well.
Private owners are required by regulation to ensure that nothing gets into water wells that could contaminate the water source.

Guidelines for Well Owners

Groundwater is a shared resource that crosses property lines and contamination from one well can put other wells at risk. Owners are responsible for getting well water tested regularly – at least three times per year is recommended, to be confident drinking water is free from bacteria and other contaminants.

What to do:

  • Make sure your well is properly constructed and maintained.
  • Inspect your well at least once a year to see what repairs may be needed.
  • Have a sample of your well water tested at least three times a year.
  • Water testing is offered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Sample bottles are available from public health labs and local health units.
  • Get a list of labs that can test your water for chemical contaminants.
  • Disinfect all wells prior to use with a concentration of 50 milligrams of chlorine per litre of water standing for at least 12 hours.
  • Refer to the disinfection instructions which are part of the current well regulation.
  • Get a copy of the Water Well Record that was filed after the well on your property was built, or get a Licensed Well Technician to test and evaluate your well.
  • Properly plug and seal unused wells to prevent rapid movement of contaminants down into groundwater.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials properly, pump out your septic tank every two years, and plan on replacing your septic system leaching bed every 20-25 years.
  • If you need to treat your water, select a treatment system with great care to ensure it will be effective in your particular situation.

What not to do

  • Never use untreated surface water for drinking water – untreated surface water is considered unsafe for human consumption!
  • Don’t pour water into a well with a low water level – this will undermine the foundation of the well.
  • Don’t use a highly vulnerable water supply unless all other attempts to develop an alternative supply have been unsuccessful.
Government Websites
Ontario Ministry of Environment: Ministry of Health: Ministry of Agriculture: Canada:
It’s a good idea to learn the important facts about water well construction, and the protection of water quality in dug, bored and drilled wells.

Clean water is everybody's business!

Courtesy of 
Certified Home Inspector

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in Ontario homes starting Wednesday October 15th 2014

Ontario is taking another step to keep families and homes in Ontario safe by making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all residential homes.

 The new regulation, which comes into effect October 15, 2014, updates Ontario's Fire Code following the passage of Bill 77 last year. These updates are based on recommendations from a Technical Advisory Committee which was led by the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and included experts from fire services, the hotel and rental housing industries, condo owners and alarm manufacturers.

 Carbon monoxide detectors will now be required near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.

Friday, October 3, 2014

How to Emigrate to Canada Without Any Financial Hassle

The following is a very interesting and helpful article presented to my site by Julie Bowen and aimed @ those that are thinking about, or taking the plunge to relocate to this amazing country

Having immigrated to Canada many years ago I really could have used this information.

While you are here take a look at some other pages

Thank you Julie 

Many of us dream of the time when we can be financially secure enough to retire and have more time to do the things we love - be it home renovations, spending more time with the family, traveling more and seeing the world or even emigrating. Leaving your home behind and moving away to live in another country might seem like a daunting undertaking – at any age, but it’s something that hundreds of thousands of people do every year, Believe it or not, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for people to start a new life in. If you’d like to find out more about the financial pros and cons of selling up and moving, you can find more information here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

The third in the series posts from 

David Shapiro 

Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

If you’re moving to a new home, but are downsizing or leaving your current home before the new one is available, you may need to store some or all of your belongings for a time. It’s always a good idea to examine all of your options before making a decision. Here are the main storage options available to you, whether you are in need of short-term or long-term storage:

·         Self-storage. This is probably the most well-known kind of storage, in which a customer rents out a storage unit and pays a monthly fee for access to this limited space that usually resembles a small garage. Self-storage units can be inside or outside, air conditioned/heated or not. You deliver and unpack your belongings on your own – of course, if you need help, a moving company will assist you for a fee. This storage option is usually best for short-term storage or for items you need to access more frequently.

·         Moving pods. Several companies offer moving pods, which are transportable units that can sit outside your home (usually in your driveway) and be loaded at your convenience. The company often delivers and picks up the pods, but some have the option of letting you transport the pods for a reduced cost. If you are not moving into your new home right away, you can have your pod stored for as short or long a time as necessary. This storage option is nice for such a transitional period, so you won’t have to unpack and unload your belongings into a storage unit only to repack and reload it later for transport to your new home.

·         Moving company storage. One of the lesser known storage options is to have your belongings stored at your moving company’s storage facilities. When the moving company comes to pack and load your belongings, it can take your stuff to a storage-in-transit facility for a short time – usually up to three months. If you still need storage after that, most companies have permanent storage facilities. These facilities are often the most secure storage option, with 24-hour security and special crates to keep your belongings safe. However, the customer often has limited or no access to items while in storage.

When considering your storage options, think about your situation and what particular needs you have – and which option will best suit your circumstances. Then, be sure to do your research in order to find a reputable company with affordable rates. Good luck and happy storing!


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing basketball.

Thank You David


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Downsizing: Tips for Moving from a House to Apartment

Another interesting post from 

David Shapiro 

         When you’re leaving a house and moving into an apartment, it can be both an exciting and stressful time. There’s a certain freedom in living with less – but getting rid of your stuff can be painful and difficult as well. Sometimes, the most difficult part is figuring out exactly what to toss and what to bring with you to your new home. Here are some tips to help with downsizing:

·         Determine whether you really need something. There’s stuff that’s “nice to have” and stuff that’s essential to have. Figure out the difference. A good indicator is whether you have used the item in the last year – or worn it, in the case of shoes or clothing. If you haven’t, sell it or give it to charity if it’s in good enough condition.

·         Ask friends for help. It’s nice to have assistance in packing up your stuff. And, since good friends have no sentimental attachments to your things, they  can give you an objective opinion about whether to keep something or toss it.

·         Begin the process several months in advance. Packing up a home is time-consuming enough, but when you’re trying to decide what to keep, it can be emotional as well. Give yourself plenty of time – two or three months at least. The last thing you want is to feel rushed and make a poor decision because you were stressed out by a quickly approaching move date.

·         Think ahead. Many apartment complexes have the dimensions of each apartment style available. Use those dimensions to consider how your current furniture will – or won’t – fit once you move. This may help you choose which furniture to keep.

·         Get extra storage. If your downsizing is only temporary, consider renting a storage facility for everything that won’t fit in your apartment. If it’s not, then think about ways to use the space you will have well. For example, use hollow ottomans and benches for extra storage, and put up shelves on the wall as a place for books.

·         Hold a moving sale. It can be a pain to get rid of items you’ve grown to care about, but selling them is better than tossing them. A moving sale is the perfect way to make a little cash on those items you’ll no longer need and can’t take with you.


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing baseball.

Thank You David, very informative. 


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