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Repair the damage:

To avoid damage to the well, mud, silt and other debris should be removed from the well casing, cap, and all accessible components. Be sure electricity is off before you clean any electrical components.

Floodwater carries large debris that can dislodge parts of the well and distort or crack the well casing. Floodwater may also deposit a large amount of sediment in the well. If an excessive quantity of mud, silt or debris has entered the well, the pump may need to be removed to be cleaned.

If any of these conditions are observed, you should have professionals repair your system.

Re-grade the ground around the well to direct all surface water away from the well casing. Surface water contains contaminants that can readily flow into the well if surface water is allowed to flow down along the well casing.

After the well has been inspected and cleaned, the well should be pumped until the water runs clear to rid the well of floodwater. Use an outside spigot and a hose to direct the water to a nearby drainage-way rather than into your septic system or public sewer (after flooding, both septic systems and public sewers may be overwhelmed and do not need more water). Depending on the size and depth of the well and extent of contamination, pumping times will vary. It may take as little as 30 minutes, or it could be several hours or days.

For more information, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with a Public Health Inspector.