(WESTERVILLE, OH — August 24, 2011) With Hurricane Irene on the way and water well flooding a real possibility in areas of the East Coast, household water well owners should know what to do in the event their wells get flooded, the National Ground Water Association said today. An obvious concern is that floodwater loaded with bacteria, chemicals, or other pollutants may have gotten into the well, said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director. A less obvious concern is electrical shock if a nonsubmersible pump or any part of the well electrical system is flooded. After a flood one should:
As water wells are specialized systems that require knowledge and expertise to repair and disinfect, use bottled water or boil your water until a qualified water well system contractor can check out your well system, Treyens said. Check with local health or environmental health authorities about other substances to test in well water following a flood, as there may be pollutants of local concern. Use a qualified drinking water testing lab to advise you on how the sample should be taken to analyze the results, Treyens said.
Learn more about water testing and water well maintenance by visiting www.wellowner.org.
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.
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