DNR urges well owners to check for flood water contamination

By: Rachelle Baillon Email
By: Rachelle Baillon Email

Friday, June 28, 2013--5:50p.m.
MADISON--Flooding continues to be a possibility for plenty of people in our area. And if you have a private well on your property, DNR officials are asking you to check it. Make sure the well cap hasn't been knocked loose. They also suggest you check to see if flood water has gotten into the well. That's because it can contain bacteria that could make you sick. "Most of the problems that people would encounter are likely to be gastrointestinal," said Steve Ales, with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "These are bacteria that would affect your stomach, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, that type of thing."

If you notice a difference in the color, taste or smell of your water, they say you should contact a private lab to have the water sampled.
We're told that test should run you between $25 and $40.

Ales says once you return that sample to the lab, it should only take a couple of days to get the results. In the meantime, you should use an alternate source of water until your's is considered safe.


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