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With recent flooding occurring across the province of Ontario, it is important that all residents who draw their water from a well take caution if their property was affected by flooding. Heavy rain and flooding can cause surface water to enter your well which could put you and your family at risk. It is very important that any well that may have been impacted from flooding be tested prior to drinking.

Contaminated Water

Flood waters contain a variety of contaminants; some of these contaminants are obvious but others are invisible. Flood waters pick up everything as they make there way around land. This can include anything from septic overflow to fuel to bacteria. These are all things that you don’t want to have in your drinking water. If flood waters reach the level of your well head, or have covered it, your well may be contaminated and your water unsafe for consumption.

During a Flood

If you suspect that your well may be affected, it is important that you stop using the water immediately and use an alternative water supply for all water use including drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, cleaning, bathing, and hand washing. While some sources suggest that boiling water may eliminate contaminates, health officials suggest against this as some contaminants such as fuel and bacteria may remain.Do not test your well water during a flood.

Get Your Water Tested Once the Water Recedes

Once the flood waters have receded, it is important to get your well tested. It is always best to get a professional in to do this testing and assess your system. Until the water has been confirmed to be safe, it is very important that you continue to use an alternative water source. Flood waters also contain other waste such as wood, rocks, and metal objects that can be damaging to the well casing, electrical parts, and the pump and a professional will also be able to guide you in ensuring that everything is working the way that it should. It is always best to be safe than sorry, so contact us today to set up an appointment!

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