Household well owners should be aware of possible threats to drinking water from flooding

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WESTERVILLE, OH -- The owners of private household water wells in areas of flooding should be aware of possible threats to their drinking water quality and take appropriate action if necessary, the National Ground Water Association said today.

If a well has been flooded:

Do not drink the water

Use an alternative water supply such as bottled water

The well should be properly disinfected

The water should not be consumed until it tests safe.

Among the ways a well can be flooded is if the floodwaters rise above the top of the wellhead or if the physical integrity of the well is compromised, allowing floodwater to enter the well. If you have concerns about your well, contact a water well system professional for assistance.

Click here to find state contact information for Colorado water well agencies. To learn more about water wells or to find a water well system professional, visit 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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