Government of New Brunswick


A wellfield protected area is the area (surface and subsurface) surrounding a water well or wellfield which supplies a public water supply system. In a wellfield protected area, there are prohibitions or limitations on chemical storage and land use activities.


To find out whether your home or business is in a Wellfield Protected Area, and how this will affect you, contact the Department of the Environment or the local Service New Brunswick registry office.


To protect municipal groundwater supplies in New Brunswick. The Provincial Government has embarked on a long-term program of WELLFIELD PROTECTION through DESIGNATION. This is a proactive approach to maintaining both the water quality and quantity of municipal groundwater supplies

Currently, there are over 55 municipalities in New Brunswick which utilize approximately 200 production wells as their source of potable water. These wellfield protected areas cover an area of approximately 0.25 percent of the total area of the province, yet serve over 150,000 people (20 percent of the population of New Brunswick) with drinking water.

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