City of Guelph Launches Water Well Decommissioning Rebate Program

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The City of Guelph, located in southern Ontario, is offering rebates to help property owners decommission unused private water wells and septic systems on residential and agricultural lands in Guelph.

Property owners can apply for rebates that would include $1,500 per private well (to a maximum of two per property) and $15,000 per septic system decommissioned.

“Bacteria, pesticides, and fertilizers can get into our groundwater through unused and unmaintained water wells and septic systems,” said Kristin Pressey, source water protection program coordinator at the City of Guelph. “Decommissioning these wells and septic systems will help further protect Guelph’s drinking water sources.”

Decommissioning wells and septic systems also helps reduce landowner liability by removing the risk of groundwater contamination and the possibility that people or animals could fall into unmaintained structures on their property.

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