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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Health Officials Remind You To Test Your Well

Regional | by Peter Jackson  

Public Health Inspector says well testing should be performed three times a year.

We've already endured a heavy rain event this month, and the Huron County Health Unit is reminding rural property owners of the possible effects such weather can have on their wells.

Public Health Inspector Jessica Van Geffen advises that it's a good idea that you check your well three times a year, and also take a water sample after any heavy rainfall or flooding.

She adds that a quick check after bad weather or flooding can often tell you if any contaminants have entered the well.

Van Geffen says you can pick up a free water testing sample bottle at Health Unit headquarters in Clinton, or any location designated by the Health Unit.

If you doubt the quality of the water and think your well may be contaminated, Van Geffen recommends you don't drink the water until you know for sure that it's safe.

She says a cracked or damaged wellhead may be a sign that contaminants are getting into your water supply.

Van Geffen also cautions that a wellhead in a low-lying area that has water sitting on top of it, can also lead to possible contamination.

She adds that if you suspect that your well is compromised, to get help and advice from a professional well digging and maintenance company.

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