Well Flooding – A Contamination Danger

Lately, there’s been a lot of unusually intense weather happening all over North America.   Most recently, Buffalo New York and surrounding areas were hit by an incredible amount of snowfall accumulation.  In some places in excess of 6 feet!   This in itself can be problematic, as snow removal can be a challenge when there’s such an immense amount of snow, not to mention, the weight of snow on roofs and garages can threaten structural integrity and can cause collapses.   This in itself is bad enough, but adding rainfall and sudden warming temperatures can cause yet another risk;   Flooding.   Flooding is an issue for many reasons, and not just because your basement can be flooded and your home and/or personal items can be damaged or loss.   As anyone who’s dealt with flooding before can attest, it’s also generally followed up by many boil water advisories for towns and cities with public water as their water treatment systems are overwhelmed with the flooding water and the debris it brings with it.

Fortunately for them, these people have some way of knowing when their water quality is compromised and can act accordingly because of publicly-issued boil water notices .  If you are in a rural area on a private well, however, you are on your own in terms of water quality, water testing, and water treatment.  Well flooding is a reality, and when wells flood, they often bring contamination with them.  Our friends at Wellowner.org have some great information available for well owners about what to do if your well experiences a flood.   They provide excellent information for well owners on many topics, and their timely, free training courses for well owners can help you to protect your family in the event of flooding, or even just through routine maintenance.

The best thing you can do for your family, however, is to think proactively.  Especially if you are in areas that are subject to high rainfalls or flooding events, you can proactively treat your water for microbiological contamination from E.coli, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and more.  Contact your local water treatment professional for more information, as they will have a good knowledge of the issues in your area and will be able to provide you with comprehensive advice for a full water treatment solution.

If you would like to see a listing of water treatment dealers in your area, please check out VIQUA’s dealer locator.


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