Well decommissioning

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. To find out more, please consult the program description.


  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $3,000 per well

Project Description:

Proper decommissioning (closing) of abandoned, unused, unnecessary or 'dry' wells by a licensed contractor.

Project Details:

  • Project can be located anywhere within the City of Ottawa.
  • Work must be completed by a well contractor licensed under the Ontario Water Resources Act to perform well decommissioning.
  • A copy of the water well record that is submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change must be provided for each well that is decommissioned.
  • Applicants can make one application for decommissioning up to three wells.

NOTE: Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the project meets all legal requirements, including City by-laws, provincial and federal acts/regulations, and Conservation Authority permits/approvals.

Eligible Costs:

  • Permits and approvals
  • Purchased materials and supplies.
  • Contract labour and professional fees.
  • Reasonable in-kind contributions for applicant’s labour ($20/hr) and equipment ($50/hr) associated with the implementation of the proposed project

The Program reserves the right to limit the eligible amount for in-kind contributions based on the proposed project. Applicants must provide a detailed written accounting of all in-kind contributions when the application is submitted. In-kind costs associated with completing the application, project planning, supervision, or administration, are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Upgrading or repair of wells
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Septic system repairs/replacement – existing system must be located within 50m of a watercourse or within a City of Ottawa Wellhead Projection Area A, see project guideline for more information.