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Well owners in flooded areas advised to have water tested

Posted: 9:26 AM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 10:26:47-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As the ravages of Nebraska’s catastrophic March flooding are experienced and assessed across the state, well owners in flooded areas are advised to test well water to verify if it’s safe to drink and inspect the well to identify any unseen damage.

Due to the wide range of contaminants associated with the flood - including animal and septic waste, animal carcasses, chemicals and fuel - water testing is key to identifying and treating potentially harmful elements of well water.

In some instances, compromised wells will need to be cleared of debris deposited by the flood around and/or within the well. In addition a well's control box, breaker box, pressure switch and pressure tank, the well casing may have been compromised by the presence of flood water or debris.