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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Private Well Information Sheet for Major Storms and Flooding

PRIVATE WELL INFORMATION SHEET


HURRICANES, MAJOR STORMS, & FLOODING
Hurricanes, major storms, tornado's and flooding can all occur in Virginia. Any time that a well is inundated, well users should take certain precautions to make sure their water is safe and their well is in good operating condition. An obvious concern is that flood water loaded with bacteria, chemicals or other pollutants may have gotten into the well. A less obvious concern is electrical shock if a non-submersible pump or any part of the well electrical system is flooded. In coastal areas subject to storm surge, inundation with salt water may occur. Following a major storm or flood event, well users are advised to not drink the water from the well or use it for washing until the integrity of the supply is established. Use the Plan-Check-Act approach. Click web address for more information.

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