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Your well water and the flood of 2011Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 9:37 AM
Considering the wide areas, the speed and the direction of ground water flow -- your well may not be safe to drink or use for bathing for many months. While the flooding can instantly contaminate the well with bacteria and other pollutants, the waste water from other flood damaged septic tanks or from chemicals that are seeping into the ground after being spread by the flood waters can contaminate your well ... even AFTER you have the water tested and find it to be safe to use.
It is necessary to take continued steps and repeat testing to ensure that your well water is and remains safe to drink and use.
The EPA advises that wells that are more than 10 years old are likely to be contaminated -- even in the absence of observable physical damage.
Additionally, the danger of electrocution exists from attempting to operate the electrical pumping systems after the water has receded. It is advisable to have your entire system thoroughly checked by a qualified electrician prior to use.
For more information about how to recover your well and protect yourself and your family from harm, visit http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/upl... .
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James H. Bushart is a Building Analyst who is certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is also a Certified Missouri Home Energy Auditor by the State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources. He has performed home performance analyses (aka "energy audits") for homes of all types throughout the states of Missouri and Arkansas. He has also performed over a thousand inspections of Missouri homes and commercial buildings and holds various certifications and licenses in residential building inspections.
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