Household water well owners should inform themselves about flood threats

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


Flooding may cause debris to enter the well, requiring a thorough cleaning of the well system.


Also, because floodwater can pick up some of whatever is on the ground surface — or contain substances that have spilled into the floodwater, such as chemicals in storage bins or tanks — disinfection of the water well may not be enough. Extensive pumping of the well and the aquifer may be required to eliminate contamination. After a flood emergency, check with local emergency officials or the county health department about any area-specific water testing that should be done.


For all these reasons and more, it’s recommended a qualified water well system contractor should be engaged to inspect, service, clean, and disinfect a well after a flood. Water testing should be done by a certified drinking water testing lab.


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