The Water Shed

The Water Shed was founded by Environmental Technologist Stephen A. Burke in 1980.

Celebrating 40 Years, bringing Nova Scotians Clean water

Consecutivley winning the Consumer Choice Award for 10 Years

The Water Shed is the only place in the Atlantic region that offers this unique mix of products and services. Nobody else in Atlantic Canada combines all this under one roof..

We’re Nova Scotia’s largest water testing and treatment company.

As one of our longstanding services, we offer water testing. In addition, we have a water analysis service to assist and reassure home sellers & buyers during real estate transactions

Well Drilling and Well Services

When it comes to well drilling, well assessments and well services, we are at the ready to help whether you need a brand new well, your well needs a repair, your pump needs to be replaced, or your existing well isn’t producing enough water and needs a boost.

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The Water Shed carries a wide range of top quality water softeners, water treatment systems, well pumps, and other products..

Why The Water Shed?

We’re a one-stop shop for all your water-related needs. We don’t subcontract out any of our services. Due to the many years we’ve spent working in this business, we have the training, ability and equipment to expertly address any water-related issues you face. Our product selection is unmatched in the region and we offer and manufacture systems that are customizable for your particular water problems.
We have more technicians than other companies and we have the biggest fleet of technicians and vehicles on the road in the province.
And as an added bonus, our reception staff are highly knowledgeable about the subject matter and the equipment. They can answer many of your technical questions so that you don’t have to wait to discuss your topic with a technician.

General Questions

The Water Shed installs complete turnkey (or start to finish) water systems for clients. These packages can include well drilling, pump installation, water analysis and testing, water treatment, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. We have special contractor pricing and packages.
Certainly we do! Our technicians are trained to service a wide array of brands including Lindsay, Bruner, Osmonics, Sears, Fleck, Culligan, Meyers, and many more. In some cases, parts for these machines may be hard to get so we keep a stock of new, used, and reconditioned parts on hand so you don’t have to wait.
By law, we are required to be certified by the Department of the Environment for pump and well services. For our geothermal services, not only are we certified but we are accredited and qualified by the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition. We will happily provide you with our certification numbers!
Our bright and spacious showroom is situated in our new building. We have a large display of products and equipment on the floor, and while not all of our stock is on display, it’s right behind in our warehouse and we can easily find and show you exactly what you’re looking for. On display, you will see UV sterilization systems, reverse osmosis equipment, a geothermal unit, and even a mock water well with the pump installed. We present a selection of water conditioners so that customers can see various tank sizes and valves. In our retail store, you can buy filters, UV replacement bulbs, and water conditioner units for the do-it-yourselfers.
Yes we do. We offer in-house lease-to-own programs to qualified customers. Our leasing program is made easy by our auto-debit plans. You choose a repayment time frame and we do the rest.
Many of our systems are available on rental plans. Rental fees start at $20.00 per month. Call us to see if the system you need is available on the rental program.

Water Treatment & Water Testing

AcTypically water treatment companies provide water testing for hardness, pH, iron, sulfur, manganese, and other minerals. The results can help you determine if you need a water softener or other system. The Water Shed provides this testing with reasonable fee. When it comes to dangerous substances such as bacteria (e.g. coliform) and arsenic, these tests must be carried out by accredited labs which do charge a fee. We can advise you on getting these tests and can also properly collect the sample and take it to the lab for a fee.
Most labs in Nova Scotia test for the three most common forms of bacteria found in well water: E-coli, fecal coliform, and total coliform. E-coli and fecal coliforms are frequently associated with surface run-off. Total coliforms, which are very commonly found in dug wells, are generally associated with decaying vegetation and surface water run-off. In the vast majority of cases, a properly-sized Ultraviolet Sterilization System will solve any of these problems.
Green staining is typically the result of low pH which is also known as acid water. The acid water causes the breakdown of copper in your water lines and appliances. It is the same effect as when a copper roof turns green with weathering. A treatment system using calcite as a neutralizing agent is the answer.
Brown staining is an indication of oxidized iron in your water. It can also be an indication that you have large amounts of sediment in your well. Your first step is a water test, and if the problem is iron, we recommend an iron filter. If the problem is sediment, we can resolve the problem with a large cartridge filter.
The most effective way to treat periodic smells is through the use of an air injection system. Smelly water is often associated with gases created by sulfur deposits. Manganese is also a source of smell in water and is often more easily detected in hot water.
Some firms recommend the use of an air injector on a softener. WE DO NOT! Although it is cheaper in the short run, installing an injector on a regular softener shortens the life of the system and creates higher costs in the long term.
We have the machines, filters, and filter media needed to address virtually any water problem you may have. However, each problem or combination of problems must be addressed on a situation by situation basis. For example, a combination of high-iron water and sulfur smell must be tackled in a different way than a simple hard water situation.
First, water hardness is usually related to high levels of magnesium and calcium. It just happens that people with hard water often have high levels of iron also. There are a couple of approaches to these problems. The most common and reliable method involves a softener and salt regeneration system. Salt softeners employ a filtering media that traps iron, magnesium, and calcium. Periodically, the filter media is purged and regenerated and the minerals removed using ion exchange technology. The contaminated water is flushed away during what is called the backwash cycle.

Well Drilling & Well Services

That depends on a variety of factors. Wells are typically priced on a per-foot basis for both drilling and the steel casing. Well drilling rules require that steel casing be driven firmly into bedrock to seal out surface water. Therefore, the location of the bedrock will influence the price of the well: a well drilled in an area with bedrock near the surface may only need the minimum 20’ of casing, while a well drilled in an area with lots of overburden may need to be cased for hundreds of feet.
The Water Shed must adhere to a number of important rules, in accordance with guidelines laid out by the Department of the Environment and with local building codes. The basic rules are: Do not drill a well closer than 50 feet from any part of a septic system. Do not drill a well closer than 5 feet from any property line. Do not drill a well closer than 2 feet from a structure such as a pump house. You can get more information at the Department of the Environment website. There you will find their online publication called Before You Construct a Water Well.
Yes, the placement of your well is critical. It must be drilled in accordance with the Department of the Environment rules regarding matters such as property lines, your neighbours’ wells and septic systems, public roads, and nearby buildings.
A “cycling” pump is often a signal that either your foot valve (located in the bottom of the well) has failed or that your pressure tank is waterlogged, the bladder has failed, or has insufficient air pressure. Foot valve failure can only be solved by replacing the valve. A waterlogged pressure tank can be emptied of water, a new air charge added, and the system recharged with water. If this does not work, your bladder has probably failed, and you would need a new tank.
If you are new to pumps and wells (perhaps you’re used to municipal water), you may find that the water pressure seems low by comparison even though everything is fine. If there is a problem with the water pressure and it is actually low, it could be from one of a number of causes. For example, your pressure switch may be set to a lower pressure and could be adjusted upward by following the instructions written under switch cover lid. You may have an in-line filter in the system that is plugged up and restricting water flow. Or it could be that some other device in the system is plugged. The first step to diagnosing a low pressure problem is to see if the pressure is low at more than one tap or fixture. You might find that the tap screen is filled with sediment or hardened manganese from the hot water system, for example.
Yes, this is something The Water Shed can do for you. It is a relatively easy procedure and if you wish to learn how to chlorinate your well, the Department of the Environment contains excellent information and easy-to-follow instructions:

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