Household water well owners should inform themselves about flood threats

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 04:20 PM.

Assess the water well to determine if it might be vulnerable to flooding. Considerations include:

  • Wellhead location—is it on high ground, which is least vulnerable to flooding; flat ground; or low-lying ground, which is most vulnerable to flooding?
  • Construction—is the well constructed to meet applicable codes or regulations, such as the proper height for the well casing and proper grouting of the well casing to minimize the potential for floodwater infiltration?
  • Seals—are the well system’s sanitary seals intact to resist floodwater infiltration?


When flooding is imminent

Ask a water well system professional what precautions should be taken, if any, to minimize the chances of floodwater entering the well. Also, well owners who are vacating their property due to flooding should shut off the power to the well pump before leaving.


After well flooding

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