Department of Health: Well-owners take caution | Health
Bartow, Florida-- The Florida Department of Health released information for well-owners that may experience effects after flood waters from the various storms.
They advise private well-owners to take precautions:
- Boil water before use, holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, washing, cooking, or other purposes
- OR disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain, unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination
- OR use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
After the flooding subsides:
- Disinfect your well using the procedures available from your local health department or provided on the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/water/manual/floodinf.htm; and
- Have your water tested by your local health department or by a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis.