Check Private Wells for Contamination after Flooding

Most wells do not have watertight caps, so bacteria, silt and other pollutants are likely to enter them if they are submerged. Wells located near streams or drainage ditches are particularly vulnerable to flooding following rapid snowmelt or heavy rainfall, but wells located away from surface water also can become submerged if they are located inside leaky frost pits that become flooded as shallow water tables rise during wet seasons.

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