Protecting Private Wells
The purpose of this program is to help landowners implement proper construction and maintenance practices for their existing wells and to reduce the risk of well water contamination.
Any landowner within the Lake Simcoe watershed with a water well on their property qualifies for up to 50 per cent funding, to a maximum of $1,000 for projects that reduce the risk of contamination of well water. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.
What projects are eligible?
- Installing pitless adapter to replace drilled well pits
- Grading and permanently seeding soil surface around well
- Sealing the space between well and soil Upgrading or replacement of damaged casing
- Extending well casing to 40cm (16 inches) above finished ground level
- Proper well head caps
- Earth moving to divert water away from well head
- All works must be completed by an Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), licensed well contractor and/or technician in accordance with O.Reg. 903.
- Two (2) written quotations from Ontario-licensed well contractors are required with your application. Please ensure the contractor includes their license number on their quotation.
- To find a licensed contractor in your area use the Ministry of the Environment Directory of Licensed Well Contractors in Ontario or by contacting the Wells Help Desk (toll free) at 1-888-396-9355.
- A copy of the well contractor's and/or well technician's license must be provided to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority when claiming the grant.
What costs may be covered?
- Licensed contractor and/or technician fees
- Materials and labour associated with the approved project
- Wiring and plumbing costs associated with well upgrades
What isn't covered?
- Drilling of new wells Well pumps, water purification and\or treatment systems
- Any costs associated with work undertaken by a contractor without a current license
- Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
- Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
- If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you may not be eligible for funding
- Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance.
How to Apply
Please review the following documents. You are required to print and submit by mail or hand-deliver the completed checklist, application form and project profile as a complete application package to your area Stewardship Technician.
- Project Guidelines
- Application Checklist
- Applicant Information Form
- Project Profile Form
TIP: Use the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing/submitting all required documents. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.
Please contact your Stewardship Technician to verify eligibility and to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the program or the application process. LEAP is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.