Flooding can contaminate wells

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(BOWLING GREEN) -- You may not realize that if you have a private well for drinking water and live near floodwaters, you could be at risk.

The Wood County Health District suggests that private wells could be contaminated from pollutants from flood waters.

Flood waters and runoff could contain fecal material from sewage systems, agricultural or industrial byproducts or other contaminants. Wells in pit, basements and low-lying areas are especially susceptible to contamination.

A well that has been submerged by flood waters should be pumped out after the waters recede and then thoroughly disinfected and tested.

Private well owners can contact the Wood County Health District for more information.