(CHATHAM-KENT, ON) – Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire is advising residents, who have concerns about their well water quality, to take steps to ensure the proper authorities are informed as soon as possible.
“There have been conflicting accounts of the number of water wells experiencing issues in recent days and we want to ensure that residents in any part of the municipality take immediate action if they have any concerns,” he said.
Shropshire said residents living within one kilometer of the North Kent One wind turbine project have been offered base line and post construction water testing. In addition, the five families who have contacted the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change are also eligible to have additional testing by an independent laboratory.
Residents who are concerned about potential well impacts can contact North Kent 1 directly at 1-855-780-3859 or by email.
As part of their Renewable Energy Approval, North Kent 1 is required to notify the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of any complaints they receive regarding wells or well water, retain a consultant to attend the site, collect samples, and submit a report to the ministry on whether the results demonstrate that vibration from construction of the wind turbines resulted in impacts on the well water.
Complaints can also be made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change by contacting the Windsor Area Office Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm toll free at 1-800-387-8826. Outside of those office hours, they can call the ministry’s Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060.
Residents who have wells elsewhere are reminded that the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit recommends they have their wells tested three times per year for bacteria. Free bacteria testing is provided by the health unit.
For additional information on free bacteria testing, contact the health unit or visit online.