Flooding - Drinking Water Issues
Be sure to check with your
department regarding well testing kits, well disinfection information,
or available flooding resources
Municipal Water Users
- Turn on and run faucets for at least five minutes before using water
for drinking or food preparation.
- If a "boil water" notice is issued, follow any directions given by
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local water utility, or
Private Well Owners
Disinfecting Your Well and Water System
Private wells can become contaminated in a number of different ways
(flooding, insects, soil entry, etc.).
- Whenever you notice a change in
water quality, or anytime there has been flooding near your well, have
your well sampled for coliform bacteria contamination. Coliform bacteria
are indicators of surface water or fecal (sewage) contamination. When this
occurs, the well and water system will need to be disinfected.
- Once an inspection has determined that your water system is free from
any sources of apparent contamination, you should disinfect the well.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
website provides procedures for well disinfection:
For more information, contact your local
public health department.
March 20, 2014