Is your water as clean and safe as you think it is? You may be surprised. If you're looking to protect yourself and your family members or employees, your best bet is to get your water tested. It is important to periodically monitor private water wells to see if contamination is present. Health Canada recommends that private water supplies be tested two to three times a year for microbiological bacteria to detect contamination problems early. Test them more frequently if you suspect a problem. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/well-puits-eng.php

The best time to sample your well water is when the probability of contamination is greatest. This is likely to be in early spring just after the thaw, after an extended dry spell, following heavy rains or after lengthy periods of non-use.

Maintenance and testing of your water wells is essential to ensuring a safe, reliable water supply for generations, and allow you to identify potential problems early on.  Once a problem is identified Sunaqua can use their disinfection techniques to correct the issue.

Bacteriological Analyses can be used to identify pathogenic total coliform (present in soil & surface water) and fecal coliform (from human & animal waste) bacteria presence in your water source. Bacteriological sampling is recommended at a minimum annually and can be submitted to your local health unit for analysis at minimal to no cost. 

Sample Bottle Pick-up and Drop-off locations in Alberta.

While iron-related bacteria (IRB) and sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) do not effect human health, these types of bacteria can become a severe nuisance to your water source. Problems associated with these bacteria include coating piping and pumps, restricting water flow, staining clothing and fixtures, increasing corrosion and emitting a rotten egg smell. These two types of bacteria can be present naturally in groundwater.

Chemical Analyses is recommended every 4 to 5 years or when changes are observed. This type of testing identifies the presence and concentration of iron, sulphates, sodium, PH, alkalinity, Calcium.  



  • Unpleasant odor or taste
  • Red discoloration on fabric or pipes
  • Cloudy or dirty looking water
  • Scaling in pipes or appliances
  • Salty, alkali taste 



  • A new well has been constructed
  • Anytime a well is opened for repairs
  • Flood water has entered a well
  • A new holding tank, pump or pressure tank has been installed
  • A new pipeline or other piping or plumbing work has been done
  • Tests indicate the presence of coliform bacteria
  • Odors or slime caused by iron or sulfur bacteria are present



Coliform, IRB and SRB bacteria can be treated by Sunaqua through a process called Shock Chlorination where large volumes of chlorine is introduced down the well, chlorinating the water in the well and some of the formation water. Disinfection of the well, pressure and distribution system will occur. Sunaqua will accurately calculate the required amount of chlorine to ensure disinfection is achieved. It is important to remember that shock chlorination does not completely eliminate nuisance bacteria, but keeps it at threshold levels. This process should be repeated as needed anything more regular than annually other disinfection systems should be looked at. UV or constant feed chlorinators for coliform. For IRB and SRB depending on the levels of the bacteria and the water volume you are looking at processing we have several options. Please contact for more information 

At Sunaqua, we provide comprehensive water testing and consulting services . Whether you have reason to believe that there's a problem with your water or simply want peace of mind, you can benefit from our detailed, meticulous approach to all we do. Have questions or concerns? We'll be more than happy to address them. And we make it our business to present our findings in a clear, easy-to-understand fashion.