July 3, 2014 1:16 pm

Province providing free water testing for private water supplies

An aerial shot of flood waters near Melville.

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is offering free water testing to residents with private drinking water that may be affected by the flooding.

The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory will be providing the free bacteriological testing for residents who are concerned about their water being safe for drinking.

“This free testing can help residents that own wells in areas affected by flooding make sure their drinking water is safe and free of waterborne disease,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.

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Local health regions will be able to provide residents with information on whether they are eligible for the free testing.

The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency is also offering site assessments of flooded wells and cisterns including testing of water that is used as a primary source for drinking water.

“Many areas across the province are dealing with flooding issues and we want to ensure everyone has access to safe drinking water,” Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Scott Moe said.

Residents who think their water has been contaminated due to flooding are advised to use bottled water as an alternative source.

Once the flood water has receded, residents should disinfect their wells or cisterns and submit a sample for bacteriological testing.

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