Community Partner: North West Goulbourn Community Association (NGCA)
CEPGP Funding: $1,324
Community Contribution: No other contributions
Year(s) Awarded: 2012
Environmental Benefits: Protect natural systems
About the Project
The Aquifer Monitoring Program tested two community wells to check for groundwater pollution as part of a benchmarking exercise.
Residents in the rural community are encouraged to carry out regular testing of their wells for bacterial contamination. Given the proximity to two area golf courses, farming activities, and other commercial operations, the NGCA wanted to test two area wells to establish a benchmark for potential pollutants in the aquifers. Types of pollutants being tested for included herbicides, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds (organic chemicals found in a variety of products such as paints, cleaners, and fuel oils).
- Results of the tests indicated the range of substances in the test wells were within provincial guidelines.
- With this benchmark established, future tests of the area’s wells can now be used to assess incremental changes in the range of potential pollutants.