Well owners advised to take precautionsST. PAUL – As flooding threatens several parts of Minnesota, state health officials say contaminated water wells pose a major concern.
By: Associated Press, INFORUM
ST. PAUL – As flooding threatens several parts of Minnesota, state health officials say contaminated water wells pose a major concern.
Private well owners are being advised to take steps before and after a flood.
Assistant Health Commissioner John Linc Stine said that if floodwaters cover the top of your well casing, the well will have to be pumped out, disinfected and tested before you can start using the water again.
Well owners who expect flooding may want to seal the top of their wells beforehand to keep sediment and debris out. They’ll still need disinfection and testing, but it can make the cleanup easier.
The department also recommends storing a supply of clean water before taking your well out of service and disconnecting the power supply.
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