Safe Water Well Initiative
Abandoned water wells are those that are no longer being used, and are not intended to be used as a water supply. When not properly plugged off, abandoned water wells can pose a significant threat to groundwater.
Red Deer County's Safe Water Wells Program is providing information to well owners about how to properly plug their abandoned wells. In addition, there are often funding programs available to assist landowners to properly plug their abandoned water wells. County staff are available to assist interested well owners in accessing those funds. Through the Safe Water Wells Initiative, up to $1000 per well is available to purchase bentonite hole plug if you plug the well yourself or through the help of a driller. The Provincial Growing Forward program is also available for farmers wanting to hire a driller to reclaim a well.
An abandoned well is a liability. It creates a direct route from the surface to the ground water greatly increasing the chances of contaminating an aquifer. Red Deer County has 11,600 water wells on record plus an unknown number of wells that are off record. We estimate that 20% of these wells may need to be reclaimed.
Your Agricultural Service Board (ASB) and Council recognizes the need and importance of addressing this issue and they want to provide assistance in the form of reclamation information and procedures, help with the growing forward program, and financial compensation through our new Safe Water Wells Initiative.
UP TO $1000 AVAILABLE to help you Plug Unused and Abandoned wells.
Help protect our Aquifers and Water Supply by plugging old wells. You’ll be keeping your water supply safe!
“A Red Deer County AG Service Board Initiative”
Discover more about Plugging Abandoned Wells from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.