Private wells susceptible to contamination by flood waters

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The Department of Natural Resources has the following advice for homeowners with private wells currently dealing with flooding.

A DNR resource guide states private well owners should suspect their drinking water is contaminated by floodwaters if: the well casing becomes inundated; there's a change in taste, color or sediment in your water; or
your well does not have a deep casing and you are near areas that have been flooded.

Wells located in pits and basements are especially susceptible to contamination.

If you feel your well has become contaminated with floodwaters:
• immediately stop drinking the water and using it for cooking and preparing food;
• switch to water from a known, safe source;
• follow these recommendations for wells inundated by flooding before you drink your water again or cook or prepare food with it; and
• test your well water.