Drinking water safely after a flood

• Is the ground surface around the well intact and stable? During flooding, the ground around the well may erode, possibly creating unsafe conditions or a pathway for surface water and contaminants to enter the well.

• Are there any electrical components or wires visible? Visible electrical wires may be dangerous and should be avoided due to electrical shock. If electrical connections or controls located outside the well casing remain submerged, turning on the pump may cause electrical shock or damage to the system. A qualified electrician should be contacted.

• Is any damage to the well casing visible? A bent or cracked well casing may allow surface water, sediment and debris to enter the well and will increase the risk of contamination.

• Is the well cap and seal securely fastened to the well casing? A loose well cap can allow sediment and debris to enter the well and contaminate it.

If it is determined the well has been flooded, do not turn on well pump until the well has been assessed and repaired as needed. Do not drink or wash with well water until the well has been restored by proper disinfection and flushing.

For more information, contact CCHD at 565-4870 or visit www.clintonhealth.org for well disinfection steps.

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