The quality of drinking water from wells may be compromised during a flood. Flooding around the well increases the risk of drinking water becoming contaminated with bacteria or any other contaminants, rendering it unsafe to drink and for washing food items. This publication describes the steps to take when you suspect that your well has been affected by flooding. Steps include well inspection, calculation of the depth of water and storage capacity of the well, shock chlorination, and laboratory bacteria testing. The circular also discusses tips on how to know whether the water is safe to drink again.

Status and Revision History
Published on Mar 28, 2018

Uttam K. Saha Program Coordinator, Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab (AESL) Gary L. Hawkins Assistant Professor - Water Resource Management, Crop & Soil Sciences Leticia S Sonon Director, Agricultural & Environmental Services Lab (AESL)
Have a question? Contact your local UGA Extension office to find out how our team of county agents can assist you.
Set County Preference