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Muchmor Magazine Issue 31

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Last month we discussed the
issues surrounding buying a
house with a septic system. Well,
if you are going to be buying such
a property chances are that it will
also have a well as the main
source of water supply.

If you have always lived in a city or
town in Canada, or are new to Canada
then you might not be familiar with what a
well is and how it works.

What is a well?

In simple terms a well is your own
personal water supply which means you
are responsible for it and best of all, like
having a septic system you will not be
paying any municipal charges for water
and sewage treatment. Many rural
properties in Canada rely on wells for
domestic water supply as they are not
connected to municipal supplies.
Wells are dug to a depth allowing
them to penetrate an aquifer, an area of
saturated permeable rock or soil. The
type of soil or rock will have a baring on
the type of well you will require.
Generally gravel and bedrock make good
aquifers whilst clay and silt do not.
Dug or bored wells: This type of
well is used when the ground will not
allow for a deep well or the aquifer is
shallow. As their name suggests they are
holes dug into the ground to a depth of
less than 15 metres. Because they are
shallow they have the highest risk of
contamination. They are also more
susceptible to water shortages when the
water table drops during a drought.
Sand point wells: This type of well
is constructed by driving lengths of pipe
into the ground to depths of less than 15
metres. They are used in areas where
there is loose soil, sand or gravel and
they suffer the same contamination and
water shortage problems as dug wells.
Drilled wells: Drilled wells are the
most expensive to construct but provide

a much better and safer source of water.
They are constructed using precision
machinery and can go to depths of 300
metres, although depths of around 60
metres is more usual.

Well location

Because a well is providing you with
your water, including drinking water you
will want to know that it is located in such
a position as to prevent contamination as
far as possible. You can see, even with
an untrained eye if some of the key
points have been addressed even before
you employ a professional to look at the
system.

The well cap, which provides the
access point to the well should be at
least 30 cm above ground level and be
watertight. The well should be a good

distance from any form of contamination
including septic systems, roads,
agriculture fields, fuel storage areas etc.
As long as the casing is watertight to at
least 6 metres then the distance from
contaminants should be at least 15
metres. If the watertight level is less than
6 metres then distances should be
increased to at least 30 metres.

Buyers tip

There are three things you should
make a condition of the sale: well
inspection, water recovery test and water
quality test. Always have a well inspected
before you buy a house by a licensed
well contractor. The contractor will check
for things such as water level, pump
performance, water-tightness, pressure,

Drilled well diagram courtesy of Government of Ontario

water quality, contaminants as well as the
general condition of the well itself.
The contractor will also issue you
with a Water Recover Test which will tell
you how much water can be drawn from
the well. Ideally a minimum of 14 litres per
minute for a duration of 120 minutes
should be recorded.
You should also obtain a well record
from the owner or the Ministry of the
Environment. The record will include
details such as when the well was built
and of what construction, the depth and
diameter, pump rate and recommended
settings.

You might also want to contact
neighbors to see if they are aware of any
problems in the area such as water
shortages, known contaminants etc. You
can also contact local well contractors to
see if they are aware of any issues which
might concern you.

Water quality

Obviously the most important thing
about your well is that it provides safe
water for your household. Wells can
become contaminated with any number of
things such as bacteria, chemicals, runoff,
septic systems and such like.
You should always have the water
quality tested before committing to buying
a property. Once you are the owner you
should continue to have the water
checked at regular intervals. Ideally water
should be tested at least annually,
particularly in the spring after any snow-
melt. If any concerns are felt such as a
bad taste or discoloration then the water
should be checked immediately.
The results of the test will indicate if
there is a problem with the water that
might need attention.
Hard water: This is the most
common problem with well water and
although it doesn’t cause any health
problems can be a problem for the health
of your house. Hard water is caused when
there are high levels of calcium and
magnesium in the water. This causes
scaling in appliances and pipes and you
will also find it harder to form a lather with
soap. You might want to consider
installing a water softener in your home if
the hard water causes problems.

However, you should be aware that
softeners increase sodium content in the
water which can be a health risk for
people with heart or circulatory problems.
You can install a system which bypasses
drinking water but softens other water in
the home such as shower water, washing
machine water etc.
Iron & manganese: If you have
these in your water you might notice a
metallic taste or find coloured staining
around plumbing fixtures. A water softener
can help with this problem as will aeration
(adding oxygen to the water). There are
also new synthetic mediums which can be
added to reduce this problem.
Nitrates: Nitrates can come from a
variety of sources including septic
systems, farm waste, fertilizers etc.
Exposure to nitrates can cause health
problems and is a particular problem for
young children under six months of age.
Levels of 10 mg/L or higher need to be
investigated immediately.
Although there are treatments for this
type of contamination, the first thing you
need to do is remove the source of the
problem. Once the reason behind the
nitrates is removed you should not have
any further problems, but should get water
checked regularly incase of reoccurrence.
E.coli: If levels of E-coli are found the
you have a problem with human waste.
Perhaps the septic system is leaking? Any
E-coli presence should be investigated
immediately as only a level of 0 per 100/
ml is acceptable. Even a count of 1 can
be lethal.

Total Coliform: A measurement of
coliform in your water suggests that
surface water is getting into the system. If
the measurement is between 1-5 then you
should get this checked immediately. Any
measurement higher than five means your
water is unsafe.

Sulfur: The presence of sulfur can
give off a rotten egg smell to your water
as well as leave a bitter taste. It can
cause corrosion to plumbing and
appliances and can have a laxative effect
on humans.

There are several methods for
treating sulfur: aeration, ozone, hydrogen
peroxide, and chlorine (best followed by
filtration) are effective against dissolved
hydrogen sulfide or gas. Reverse osmosis

systems can also be effective against
sulphur build-up.
Lead: This can be a problem with old
systems and any trace of lead in water is
dangerous and should be investigated
immediately.

Whatever the results of your water
test, always get the inspector to go
through them with you to ensure any
problems are easily correctable.

Care of a well

As a well owner you will want to look
after your water supply and this means
some simple maintenance such as having
the well inspected on a regular basis and
having the water quality checked regularly
- at least once a year, especially after a
winter thaw or a flood. If you ever discover
an unusual taste, smell or discoloration of
your water, contact a qualified contractor
immediately to assess the problem.
Do not use any chemicals, fertilizers,
pesticides etc near your well as these can
get into the water table. Make sure you
keep other contaminants away from your
well such as animal waste, septic waste
etc. Always make sure your septic system
is in good working order so that it will not
compromise your water supply and
ultimately your health.
Make sure the area around your well
cap slopes away from the well so
rainwater etc flows away from it. If water
is allowed to pool around the well it can
potentially seep into it causing problems.
If you ever need to have work dome
around your well such as landscaping etc
make sure you contact a well contractor
for advice to make sure you are not going
to be doing anything that harms your well.
The cost of installing a new drilled
well to a depth of 60 metes, depending on
location and conditions can cost in the
region of $10,000, so they are worth
looking after.

It is also worth remembering that if
you have a well, you have a well pump
which runs on electricity. If you have a
power failure you will lose your water
supply, so you might want to consider
having a backup generator in order to
maintain your water supply during
outages.

Home and Garden 49

MLS: Exclusive Price: $286,000 Province: Alberta
City: Calgary Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1

Beautifully renovated 1 bedroom apartment in Bankview! Hardwood Floors, Italian tiles,
Laundry hook-ups, new bathroom and kitchen, stainless steel appliances. Heated garage and
much more! Assumable Mortgage, No Qualifying, Through RBC. The payment is $1418.00 P.I.,
at 5.19% interest rate.

50 Home and Garden

MLS: Exclusive Price: $363,000 Province: Alberta
City: Calgary Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

THIS PROPERTY IS OFFERED BY CAROLINA HOMES EXCLUSIVELY FOR STEF AT THIS
PRICE AND RETAILS FOR 420K. Adjacent to Coventry Hills in the city's North-Central area,
Panorama Hills is the model of accessibility and design. With Deerfoot Trail only moments
away, you are only 25 minutes from the Downtown Core, and have easy access to the rest of
the city. A future LRT station is planned for the area as well, further increasing your ability to get
around. However, you may not have much need to go outside of your community for your
leisure and recreation needs, as a the heart of Panorama Hills is the e-community Centre
available to residents, that will provide a space for homeowners to host social, educational and
recreational events in it's beautifully equipped and landscaped environment.

MLS: Exclusive Price: $365,000 Province: Alberta
City: Calgary Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

THIS PROPERTY IS OFFERED BY CAROLINA HOMES EXCLUSIVELY FOR STEF AT THIS
PRICE AND RETAILS FOR 425K. Adjacent to Coventry Hills in the city's North-Central area,
Panorama Hills is the model of accessibility and design. With Deerfoot Trail only moments away,
you are only 25 minutes from the Downtown Core, and have easy access to the rest of the city. A
future LRT station is planned for the area as well, further increasing your ability to get around.
However, you may not have much need to go outside of your community for your leisure and
recreation needs, as a the heart of Panorama Hills is the e-community Centre available to
residents, that will provide a space for homeowners to most social, educational and recreational
events in it's beautifully equipped and landscaped environment.

MLS: Exclusive Price: $395,000 Province: Alberta
City: Calgary Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

THIS PROPERTY IS OFFERED BY CAROLINA HOMES EXCLUSIVELY FOR STEF AT THIS
PRICE AND RETAILS FOR 436K. Adjacent to Coventry Hills in the city's North-Central area,
Panorama Hills is the model of accessibility and design. With Deerfoot Trail only moments away,
you are only 25 minutes from the Downtown Core, and have easy access to the rest of the city.
A future LRT station is planned for the area as well, further increasing your ability to get around.
However, you may not have much need to go outside of your community for your leisure and
recreation needs, as a the heart of Panorama Hills is the e-community Centre available to
residents, that will provide a space for homeowners to host social, educational and recreational
events in it's beautifully equipped and landscaped environment.

Saskatoon housing market just
keeps soaring

Last year the Saskatoon
housing market really took off and
many new records were set within
the real estate industry. This year
is shaping up to follow suit.

During February this year the average
selling price set new records at $265,269
and 367 properties were sold. This price is
41% above the average selling price for
the same time last year. The number of
listings entering the market was also up
40% on last year.
Much of this recent activity has come
from Albertans wanting to move to
Saskatchewan as they see far better value
for money than can be seen in Alberta.
Many are cashing in on the huge profits
they are seeing on their Alberta homes
and buying for much less in Saskatoon
leaving them money in the bank.
Even though Saskatoon has seen
large increases in average selling prices,
properties are still seen as great value for
money to Albertans and indeed other
Canadians.

Saskatoon’s nearby rural communities
have also seen a steady rise in prices.
Average prices in these areas have risen
37% to an average of $218,931 in

February 2008. Martensville and Warman
see prices similar to those of Saskatoon
whilst communities such as Clavet,
Dundurn and Dalmeny have much lower
average selling prices.
The demand for
homes is so high that
many vendors are
receiving multiple offers
on their homes, giving
them the luxury of
getting the best possible
deal.

Buyers are being
forced to place offers in
excess of asking prices
in order to secure their
dream house.
Another sign that
Saskatoon is on the up
and up are the new
housing starts. During
February there were
175 new housing starts
in the city. The majority
of new starts were either
single family homes or
condo’s. This number is
94% higher than the
previous record set in February 2007.

During the first two months of the year a
total of 376 housing starts were recorded.

Home and Garden 51

Realtors

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MLS: 301679 Price: $279,900 Province: Saskatchewan
City: Saskatoon Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

Immaculate 2-storey home in move in condition and located in the heart of city park. This
solid well-build 1928 character home boasts bride of ownership throughout. Gleaming
hardwood floors, great yard lots of improvements. Includes storage shed with electric supply,
ideal for artists studio, handyman, potter etc. Also boasts garden, patio and two parking
stalls.

MLS: 301693 Price: $247,900 Province: Saskatchewan
City: Saskatoon Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1

Great opportunity in Caswell Hill !.Charming 829 sq ft 2 bdrm character home.Features
hardwood floors, crown mouldings in livingroom , a bright front veranda, a huge master
bdrm and main floor laundry. Upgrades include hi efficiency furnace, H2O tank and
shingles done recently. Built in hot tub on deck. Close to schools and downtown.

MLS: 301457 Price: $369,900 Province: Saskatchewan
City: Saskatoon Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Excellent bilevel style home in the Arbor Creek area. Spacious european style kitchen with
eat-in nook. Master bedroom with walk-in closet and a full bath. Bright with large windows in
this professionally finsished basement, developed in a contemporary decor. Features
vaulted ceiling, direct entry to garage, two tiered deck, and a maintenance free exterior vinyl
siding. Fully fenced with lawn in the front and back. Move in condition!

MLS: 301522 Price: $469,900 Province: Saskatchewan
City: Saskatoon Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1

This beautifully maintained two storey features large living and dining areas with gleaming
hardwood floors, a main floor family room with patio doors to the deck and an updated
maple kitchen. Extra features include an oak living room wall unit with gas fireplace, newer
central air conditioning, five appliances, many upgraded windows and recent exterior paint
and shingles. You'll love living in one of Saskatoon's most sought after areas with easy
access to Broadway Avenueand the river - this home is located just steps to everything
with easy access to the University of Saskatchewan.

MLS: Various lots Price: $60,900 - $139,900
Province: Saskatchewan City: Prince albert

These beautiful lake lots come in a variety of dimensions and elevations and are
conveniently located just 10 minutes west of the town of Big River on highway 55. Power &
phone service to be run upon completion of roads. Marina to be located on the south west
corner in the phase one of the development. This is your chance to get in at phase one
prices. Lots being sold first come first serve. Investor package available..

52 Home and Garden

MLS: 2076639 Price: $975,000 Province: Ontario
City: Picton Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4

Located on prestigious Loyalist Parkway overlooking Picton Bay stands this fifties vintage
structure renovated & added to in a "Southwestern" style. Prince Edward County Glenora
Road lakeside living at it's best. Beautiful sunsets, easy access to sheltered water,
substantial lake activity(birds, sailing school, kayaking, world class fishing, seaplanes, power
& sailing yachts), an award winning saltwater pool & hot tub & a myriad of lake facing rooms
including the substantial in-law suite. The custom designed large well equipped commercial
kitchen is a Chef's dream. B&B potential

MLS: 2081511 Price: $649,000 Province: Ontario
City: Prince Edward Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2

Custom Built home on 2.73 Ac. with approximately 190' of waterfront on East Lake.
Laminate, ceramic tile and carpet floors, 11 sets of French doors plus double hung windows.
Large lliving room with propane fireplace, ensuite bathroom with heated floor, 6x8 wallk-in
closet and claw foot slipper tub in main floor bath. There is also an outbuilding that has
potential for a studio. Minutes to Sandbanks, wineries and local artist studios.

MLS: 2077012 Price: $339,000 Province: Ontario
City: Prince Edward Waterfront plot, build your dream home

Beautiful waterfront lot overlooking the sand dunes at West Lake. Great swimming and
boating. Lot size is irregular with 127 feet being the shoreline. Build the house of your
dreams here and view the fantastic sunsets.

MLS: 2076824 Price: $229,000 Province: Ontario
City: Picton Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2

Brick century home in good area of Picton. Owners have completely renovated kitchen, 2
baths [one with clawfoot tub], newer roof, electrical upgrade including breaker panel plus
gas furnace. All pine floors, 9' ceilings, 3 season sun room, back stairway, 10' x 10' deck
plus insulated garage/workshop.

Home and Garden 53

Discover Canada 54

Get-A-Life Events Inc. is proud to present the 4th Annual Calgary Beerfest. On top of the multitude of
beers available, the event will feature some of Calgary’s premier eateries, nightclubs, pubs, live music,
massage therapists, clairvoyants, games, prizes and of course an even more amazing selection of world
class beers. We are proud to be supporting the Autism & Aspergers Friendship Society – http://
members.shaw.ca/aafs - helping to provide respite care in a recreational environment while promoting
socialization among children-teens-adults on the Autism/Aspergers/PDD spectrum in the Calgary area.

When is Calgary Beerfest?

Calgary Beerfest will take place Friday, April 25th: between 4 pm and 10 pm and Saturday April 26th

between 3 pm and 10 pm.

Where is Calgary Beerfest?

Last year’s festival was a huge success - so much so, that this year we’ve decided to keep the event at the large and very
accessible Lower Big 4 Building ~ Stampede Park, Calgary.

What is Calgary Beerfest?

Calgary Beerfest is an amazing sampling event that allows you to sample beers and other beverages from all over the world,
meet great people, play games, enjoy entertainment, and basically have a great time! Patrons will enjoy the amazing beers,
succulent food, incredible interactive entertainment, great live music, air-brush tattoo artists and a lot more! Play games, learn
about beers, meet people; there’s never a dull moment!

Ticket Information

Tickets can be bought in advance for $19 through our website - www.CalgaryBeerFest.com - through Ticketmaster.ca, or select
Liquor Depot locations. Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity. Sample tokens can be purchased inside
for $0.50/each. Upon entry attendees will receive the official Calgary BeerFest sample mug to keep!

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