Frequently Asked Questions

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Submersible Pumps

Water Well System diagram

Water Testing Form ALS Labs Winnipeg


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The Well Aware Booklet


How to Reduce the Risk of Well Contamination


Manitoba Water Protection Handbook


Private Well Fact Sheets


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you determine the depth of wells in our area?

Please have your legal description handy and owner of the property at the time of information request. A legal description is the address in quarter, section, township, and range. ie: NW-10-9-8-E

We use the knowledge we have acquired since 1892 and the computerized records supplied by Manitoba Water Stewardship and Saskatchewan Watershed Authority.

If you would like to find out about a well on your property you can contact the:

Manitoba Water Stewardship

1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, MB
(800) 214-6497

What do you charge?
Prices are usually based on footage and the area where the well is drilled in addition to grout and screens if applicable. Wells must be grouted to prevent surface water from entering the groundwater. In some cases an hourly rate is charged.

How far do you have to be from the house, septic tank, etc.?
In Manitoba and Saskatchewan there are no regulations governing the distance a well has to be from a dwelling or property line, but we recommend you check the local bylaws. We recommend that wells be located at away from septic tank and field at least (b) no closer than 15m (50 feet)to a drilled water well equipped with a casing to a depth of not less than 6 m (20 feet) below ground level. Or (c) nocloser than 30 m (100 feet) to a spring or water well other than described in clause (b)

How much water do I need?
Over a 24-hour period only a fraction of a gallon per minute (GPM) is required, however at peak times it is good to have at least 5 GPM or if available.

Do we do the well hook-up and septic tank?
We specialize in water well drilling and installing commercial pumps and pitless units, etc. Domestic well hook-ups including pump installation and septic tanks are done by plumbing contractors.

Will we need to install a water softener?
Most well water in Manitoba and Saskatchewan is hard and will need to be softened as desired.

What is a well screen and will we need one?
A well screen is essentially a stainless steel filter and is required in areas where water is obtained from a sand or gravel aquifer.

Where should the well go on the property?
Idealy, wells should be located on higher ground away from a dwelling, but within a reasonable distance so that it is always accessible. We also recommend that wells be located at least 30ft. from any septic tank and 50ft. from any septic field.

Why is my well not the same depth as my neighbour's?
Wells are often the same depth in an area but not always. There is no absolute.

Will there be a big mess?
Unfortunately there is always a mess. Only the degree varies. Site clean up is the property owners responsibility. Ensuring the route we take to access the desired drill location is firm and free from obstruction with adequate drainage around the area helps. To put it simply, our equipment is large and heavy. Keep this in mind when you are planning your well location. 

Are there grants available?
No, not in Manitoba, in Saskatchewan contact the local district office. Manitoba Hydro  offers assistance on Ground Source Heating Systems. As grants vary from time to time, its is best to contact these sources directly for the most up to date information.

What is the purpose of grouting the casing?
Grouting the casing helps prevent surface contaminants from entering an aquifer. In flowing Artesian wells it prevents water from migrating to the surface beside the casing.

How long will my well last and how long is my warranty?
While there is no absolute, most wells last from 20 to 75 years. Our wells are covered by a 1-year workmanship warranty. We do not guarantee quality or quantity of water.

Should water be tested?
To ensure that the well and plumbing system is safe, all new wells should be tested after the well has been hooked up and the system has been chlorinated. For details on testing you can contact:

ALS Laboratory Group
Winnipeg, MB.
Phone (204) 255-9720  Toll free 1-800-607-7555

Do you drill in winter?
Winter drilling is dependent on the weather. We can drill in milder tempatures, but as it gets colder, the ability to work with water becomes increasingly difficult to impossible as the mercury drops.