Responsibilities of a private well owner
According to the Town’s registry (2003-2019), 215 private wells (commonly known as “artesian wells”) provide water to Saint-Lazare homes. The water intended for human consumption must be of good quality and must meet the standards set in the Regulation respecting the quality of drinking water. The owner of an individual well or small network (servicing less than 21 people) is responsible for ensuring that the water is of good quality and safe for human consumption. The owner’s responsibilities are listed in the Ministry’s guide.
Private well owners are responsible to ensure the water is safe for consumption according to the standards of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (website).
Mandatory identification of a watering well or other alternative sources of untreated water supply
The owner of a private well is not required to comply with the by-law on the use of water distributed by the municipal aqueduct network as stipulated in By-Law no 667 relative to the Outdoor use of water distributed by the municipal aqueduct network (available here). However, the owner of any property connected to the municipal water system and who has a private well or other source of water supply must obtain, at no charge, a sign at the urban planing service counter.
The sign must be placed on the property so as to be visible from the street at all times.