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Health District: After flooding private wells could be contaminated

September 26, 2018

After Tuesday’s torrential rainfall, the Wesport Weston Health District is warning residents that their private wells could be contaminated.

“If your well has been flooded, it needs to be disinfected and tested once the floodwaters recede and before you consume it,” said Director Mark A.R. Cooper.

“With the amount of rainfall and flooding experienced on Tuesday, many yards were underwater for some period of time. All wells that have been flooded in pits or low-lying areas should be properly disinfected.”

Westport received between 4 and 5 inches of rain, the most falling in the late afternoon.

Cooper said septic systems could also be affected by floodwaters.

“Though this might have created localized septic problems, the problems with such flooding should be temporary and have no lasting effects,” Cooper said.

“Anyone experiencing problems with their septic system after the floodwaters recede should have the system evaluated by a licensed septic system contractor. It is recommended that all septic tanks be pumped and cleaned every three to five years depending on usage. This might be a good time to have this done.”

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