Well Water Testing Rebate

Well Water Testing Rebate

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Status: The Well Water Testing Rebate is open and accepting applications for 2021. Allow up to 10 business days for processing applications. 

Property owners with private domestic wells are their own water managers, responsible for the quality of their drinking water supply. By regularly testing your water, you can ensure your well water is safe to consume and that it is not a conduit for contamination to the shared groundwater supply.  

Maximum Value

This incentive program rebates 50% off (up to $175) for full spectrum well water quality tests.

Application Forms

*New and improved procedure

Who Can Apply

This rebate program is available to all residential landowners with a private domestic well in the RDN, including electoral areas (A, B, C, E, F, G, H) and member municipalities (Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum Beach).

Eligibility
  • Each private domestic well is eligible for one (1) rebate over the lifetime of the program.
  • Only property owners are eligible to receive the rebate. Water purveyors and commercial properties are NOT eligible.
  • The rebate is available on a first come, first served basis. Once funds are exhausted, the program will be finished for this year.
  • Full spectrum analysis of well water must at a minimum cover: Total Coliform and Escherichia coli (E. coli), pH, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Hardness, Nitrate, Nitrite, Sulphate, Fluoride, Chloride, and 32 element metals scan.
  • Water quality analysis must be completed by a provincially approved lab (i.e. on Vancouver Island: Bureau Veritas laboratories or MB Laboratories). For the full Directory of Qualified Laboratories in BC visit www.nrs.gov.bc.ca/qualified-labs. (See additional tab below titled "Provincially Approved Labs")
  • All water samples must be submitted between January 1 and December 31, 2021.
How To Apply

Step 1: Submit Pre-approval Application

Complete Pre-approval Application Form and send electronically to watermonitoring [at] rdn.bc.ca or by mail/in person to Drinking Water & Watershed Protection, Regional District of Nanaimo, 6300 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, B.C., V9T 6N2.

Step 2: Receive Voucher & Get Water Tested

Pre-approved applicants will receive an RDN Approved Rebate Voucher for 50% off of a full spectrum analysis test from a provincially approved lab. Upon receiving the voucher, the applicant will have 30 days to submit water samples along with the voucher to the lab. Contact the RDN (watermonitoring [at] rdn.bc.ca or 250-390-6560) to request an extension. See steps below.

  • Receive voucher
  • Pick-up water sample bottles available from the locations listed below.
  • Take a water sample from your tap, following the proper procedures.
  • Take your sample and voucher to a drop-off location listed below or directly to a Provincially Approved Lab as soon as possible after taking the sample (bacteria must be analyzed by the lab within 24 hours of taking the sample).
  • Keep sample cool (in the fridge or clean cooler with ice packs).
  • 50% off the cost will be taken off your bill in-lab.
  • The lab will send you your results and help you understand your findings.
Sample Bottle Pick-Up & Drop-Off Locations 
Bottle Pick-up Locations Sample Drop-off Location
ABC Water Systems                                  9-2180 South Wellington Road            Nanaimo                                                  250-753-3333 Yes. Drop off in person between 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Sample will be sent to MB Laboratories in Sidney. Courier fees apply.
Andrew Sheret
2545 McCullough Road
Nanaimo
250-758-7383
Yes. Drop off in person between 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., MONDAYS ONLY. Sample will be shipped to BV Labs in Burnaby.
Andrew Sheret
1137 Smithers Road
Parksville
250-951-9997
Yes. Drop off in person between 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MONDAYS and THURSDAYS ONLY. Sample will be shipped to BV Labs in Burnaby.
Arbutus Home Building Centre
785 Ross Way
Gabriola Island
250-247-8157
No.
Bureau Veritas Labs (BV Labs)
2775 B Moray Avenue
Courtenay
250-338-7786

Yes - This is the Service Centre for one of two provincially approved labs on Vancouver Island. (See tab below titled "Provincially Approved Labs" for more guidance)

Drop off samples at the Parksville or Nanaimo Andrew Sheret location (see drop-off days and times above) or contact the RDN to learn more about shipping your sample.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.

Coastal Water Supply
6359 B2 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo
250-390-3012
Yes. Drop off in person between 9:30 - 11 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Sample will be sent to MB Laboratories in Sydney. Courier fees apply.
Iritex Pumps and Irrigation
1009 Allsbrook Road
Parksville
250-248-7028
Yes. Drop off in person between 8:30 - 10 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Sample will be sent to BV Labs in Courtenay. Courier fees apply.
MB Labs
2062 West Henry Avenue
Sidney
250-656-1334

Yes - This is one of two provincially approved labs on Vancouver Island. (See tab below titled "Provincially Approved Labs" for more guidance)

Drop off in person during business hours or arrange a courier to deliver sample directly to the lab.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

Red Williams Well Drilling
1125 Smithers Road
Parksville
250-248-4551
Yes. Drop off in person between 8:30 - 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. Sample will be sent to BV Labs. Courier fees apply.
RDN office, 2nd Floor
6300 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo
250-390-6560
No.
Provincially Approved Labs

For the rebate voucher to be honoured, samples must be taken to a Provincially Approved Lab.

Under the Environmental Management Act regulation, an approved laboratory means a laboratory registered with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) as participating in the Association’s Inter-laboratory Comparison Program. CALA maintains a Directory of Accredited Laboratories which based on the Associations’ Inter-laboratory Comparison Program’s proficiency testing, are competent to perform specified chemical analyses. The EDQA Directory is essentially a subset of the larger CALA Directory, comprised primarily of CALA accredited laboratories located in British Columbia and Alberta.

On Vancouver Island, there are only two Provincially Approved Labs (See below).

Bureau Veritas Labs (BV Labs)
2775 B Moray Avenue
Courtenay
Tel: +1 250 338-7786
Toll free: 800-665-8566

Drop off samples at the Parksville or Nanaimo Andrew Sheret locations (see drop-off days and times above) or contact the RDN to learn more about shipping your sample.

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -  5 p.m.

Website: https://bvlabs.tfdev.ca/

MB Labs
2062 West Henry Avenue
Sidney
250-656-1334

Drop off in person during business hours or arrange a courier to deliver sample directly to the lab.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

Website: https://www.mblabs.com/

For a full list of accredited labs in British Columbia, visit https://www.nrs.gov.bc.ca/qualified-labs/
Resources
Questions?

Visit Wellhead Upgrades and Well Water Testing FAQ's

If you have any additional questions, please call 250-390-6560 or email watermonitoring [at] rdn.bc.ca.

 

TIP: If your well does not have a provincial ID Tag and/or your well information has not been submitted to the BC WELLS Database by your well driller, the previous homeowner, or yourself, register your well now