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Natural Disasters and Private Water Wells
Minnesota experiences a wide variety of weather conditions that can affect a private water well. By preparing your family in advance and by observing precautions during times of extreme weather, you can reduce the risk of health problems.
A drought occurs when drier than normal conditions lead to a decrease in water supply. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising private well users to be even more conscious of water use and well maintenance during periods of drought.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising well owners that private water wells contaminated with flood water can pose a health risk. MDH recommends that well owners take precautions before possible flooding, and take corrective actions should a well be flooded.
Water from a flooded well cannot be regarded as safe for drinking or food preparation until the well and plumbing system have been flushed and disinfected, and a water test shows that it is safe.
Floods: Protecting Your Health
A few simple precautions can help you avoid possible health risks during a flood. This information answers some of the most important questions about floods and your health.
As an owner of a private domestic water well that may be damaged by a wildfire, you may have some concerns about fire related impacts to your well and water system.
Wildfires: Protecting Your Health
Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition, a fire may directly or indirectly affect foods in ways that could endanger your health.
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