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Provincewide well water testing now available through health authority

Provincewide well water testing now available through health authority

The cost of testing ranges between $30 and $120, depending on the scope of the analysis. The provincial Environment Department recommends residents on well water have it tested for bacteria every six months, and every two years for chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride, lead, nitrate/nitrite and uranium. Bacterial quality is usually assessed by a coliform test.

Arsenic-leaking drillhole deliberately left unfixed by province, documents show

Arsenic-leaking drillhole deliberately left unfixed by province, documents show

A hole drilled for a mineral exploration company seven years ago is leaking contaminated water into the environment, and although the Nova Scotia government learned of the problem last year, staff decided not to fix it. The incident raises questions about how the province regulates exploration activities.