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Government to Fully Subsidize Water Testing Costs in Flood Impacted Areas

Monday, May 8, ,2023 - Minister of Environment and Climate, Kevin Klein, announced today that the government will support flood-impacted private well and cistern owners by fully subsidizing costs associated with testing their water supply to ensure it is safe to drink

“Our government is helping ease some of the financial burden for Manitobans affected by flooding by fully subsidizing water testing costs,” said Klein. “Private well and cistern owners impacted by flooding will not have to pay to test their drinking water over a four-month period.”

The Manitoba government is fully subsidizing eligible tests conducted from today until Aug. 31 for flood-impacted Manitobans. This free water testing for private well and cistern owners is only available at Horizon Lab Ltd. in Winnipeg. For information on sample collection, sample shipping or test results, contact the laboratory directly at 204-488-2035.

“Public health encourages everyone with a private water system that has been affected by flooding to test their water once flood waters recede to ensure their drinking water is safe during a season of elevated risk,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “Preventing the risk of waterborne disease is important and the province wants well and cistern owners to take steps to protect themselves.”

Homeowners who suspect a well or cistern might be compromised by flooding should boil drinking water before use. Water should be tested for bacteria once floodwaters recede before resuming usual water consumption.

Indicators that a water well may have been affected by flooding include:

a change in taste, odour or appearance of well water;

laboratory tests that show bacteria in well water or other wells nearby; and

water lying around a well head or collecting in a well pit or around other wells nearby.

All Manitobans are reminded to test their private water supply at least once a year and after flooding. A fact sheet about flooding and well-water safety is available at

For general inquiries about the Manitoba government’s existing bacteria testing subsidy program for private well owners, call 204-945-5762.

For information on taking water samples, reducing risk of well contamination, treating well water, or shock chlorinating wells, visit

People with health-related questions about drinking well water can call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.


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