If you own a home located near a river or lake, you may have breathtaking views and the ability to enjoy the water. But, there are problems that can occur if you have flooding near your home. When people think about flooding, they often consider the damage to the property and associated infrastructure damage. This can be considerable, but the water quality can also be affected, and it may be unsafe to use. Floodwater often contains a wide variety of contaminants, and this can last for many years if steps are not taken to fix the problems. In this article, we will take a closer look at how flood water can affect your water supply.

Private Well Contamination and Damage

During a flood, many contaminants can be dredged up and added to the water. Even if you use a private well, you’re not immune to these biological contaminants, and well users are responsible for the safety of their water supply. The risk of E.coli contamination rises considerably after a flood. Other bacteria can also enter through damage caused to the well. The chemistry of the water may be altered through the introduction of animal waste and sewage. Floodwater can cause shifts in the earth surrounding the well, and this disruption can damage the seal, well cap, and casing. Even a solid well structure may be affected because dirty water could enter via the aquifer. This can result in a noticeable increase in the level of sediment that can compromise and/or overwhelm your water treatment systems.

Disinfecting Your Well

Suppose you have a permanent or vacation home that is supplied with water from a well. You don’t want to worry about the safety of that water source after flooding. It’s a good idea to get the water tested at a laboratory to find out how the makeup of the water has changed. If your well has been contaminated, it can be sanitized with shock chlorination. This will disinfect the entire system, including the connected pipes and the well pump. But, before you begin to use the system again, it’s important to test the water again to ensure that the process worked. If you want to disinfect your well, contact your local water treatment specialist for expert help and advice.

Water Treatment Systems

Many people have installed a home water treatment system in their homes to improve their water quality. After a flood, this equipment is at risk of bacterial growth that will compromise the entire system. So, the equipment must be sterilized to make it safe and efficient to use. There may be bacterial contamination, and cleaning with a disinfectant will be needed. In many cases, filtration cartridges and media will need to be replaced because they are compromised. If the equipment has been under the water for a while, the electronic systems may be affected, and a replacement may be required.

If you’re concerned about your water treatment system, contact your local certified specialist today.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.