Before we dive into the content of this post, Cressman Law Firm, P.A. hopes that you are all safe and recovering from the catastrophic damage Hurricane Irma left in its wake. We’ll discuss the dangers of consuming well water after the storm and what you can do to prevent sickness or other personal injuries in this post.
Contaminated Well Water
If your water source is a well on your property, drinking or bathing in this water can be very dangerous if your well was submerged by flood waters. There is simply no telling what contaminants might have made their way into your well. These contaminants can include harmful bacteria, parasites, fecal matter, and other illness-causing pollutants.
Testing Your Well
State health officials are advising all Floridians with wells affected by Irma to have their water tested before use. They recommend taking a sample of the water and taking it to your nearest Department of Health (DOH) certified lab. You can also send a sample to a legitimate water-testing company, such as this one.
Curing Well Water
Decontaminating a well can be a difficult task, but it is not impossible for the average homeowner to do. It will require you to mix a bleach solution and treat the water currently in the well. You should also run chlorinated water through each of your water fixtures, such as faucets, toilets, and showers. Then you must run clean, fresh water through your well until you can no longer smell bleach or chlorine. Then retest your water to verify its cleanliness and safety.
Getting Quality Legal Help
If you or a loved one has experienced a Hurricane Irma-related injury or condition, Cressman Law Firm, P.A. may be able to help you recover compensation. Contact our Winter Garden office today at (407) 573-7406 to schedule a free consultation with a compassionate personal injury attorney.