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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WELL IS FLOODED | Florida Division of Well being in Flagler – Flagler County Well being Division


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Bunnell, FL — Heavy rainfall and flooding could make your faucet water unsafe. If you’re unsure concerning the security of your properly water, use commercially bottled water, disinfected water, or boiled and cooled water for ingesting, making drinks or ice, cooking, brushing your enamel, washing dishes and washing latest wounds.

Use commercially bottled water for mixing child formulation

To be protected, you’ll be able to disinfect faucet water utilizing the procedures beneath. Don’t depend on unverified strategies for decontaminating water. If water is cloudy, let it settle and filter it via a clear material, paper towel or espresso filter. This may assist the disinfection course of. When you have any additional water, put it in containers that have been correctly disinfected (see data beneath water disinfection).

The popular methodology to disinfect water is to Boil Water.

  • Carry water to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute to kill dangerous micro organism and parasites.
  • To enhance the flat style of boiled water, add one pinch of salt (relying upon well being situations) to every quart or liter of water, or pour the water from one clear container to a different clear container a number of instances.

If boiling shouldn’t be potential, use Family Bleach.

  • Add eight drops of plain unscented family bleach (4 to 6 p.c energy), which is about 1/8 teaspoon or a dime sized puddle, per gallon of water.
    • Don’t use shade protected bleach or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • If a better energy bleach is used (as much as 8.25 p.c energy), solely add six drops of bleach.
  • Combine the answer and let it stand for half-hour.
  • If the water is cloudy after half-hour, repeat the process one time.
  • If the chlorine style is simply too sturdy, pour the water from one clear container to a different and let stand for a couple of hours earlier than use.

Additionally it is potential to make use of different Disinfection Strategies.

Observe: Observe the directions on the product label as every product could have a unique energy.

  • 5 drops of Iodine (two p.c tincture) might be added to every quart or liter of water to be disinfected.

Observe: Per the CDC, water that has been disinfected with iodine is NOT advisable for pregnant girls, folks with thyroid issues, these with recognized hypersensitivity to iodine or for steady use for various weeks at a time.

  • If the water is cloudy or coloured add 10 drops of iodine.
  • Stir and let the water stand for a minimum of half-hour earlier than use.
  • Water disinfection tablets (out there at sporting items departments or shops) that comprise chlorine, iodine, chlorine dioxide or different disinfecting brokers might also be used.

Containers for water must be rinsed with a bleach answer of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water earlier than utilizing them.

In case your properly has been flooded, please name the Florida Division of Well being (DOH) in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) at 386-437-7358 Ext 5 for data on the best way to pattern your water and the place to carry the pattern for bacteriological testing. If the take a look at reveals micro organism, the properly and water techniques must be disinfected.

You will need to disinfect each properly and plumbing water with unscented family bleach to make sure that all infectious brokers (germs) are killed. When you have water remedy gadgets, take away all membranes, cartridges and filters. Substitute with new ones after the disinfection course of is accomplished.

The Division recommends the next steps to disinfect a contaminated properly:

  • If the water is discolored earlier than including the bleach, run the water till it’s clear for as much as 10 minutes.
    • If after some time the water doesn’t clear up, wait till you could have clear water earlier than continuing, as this implies the properly should still be affected by the flooding.
  • Flip off the pump.
  • Flip off after which drain your scorching water heater, as bleach shouldn’t be efficient in water above 105 levels.
  • Take away all membranes, cartridges, and filters.
  • Substitute the objects eliminated with new ones after the disinfecting course of is accomplished.
  • To keep away from including contamination to the properly throughout disinfection, clear the work space across the high of the properly.
    • Take away grease and mineral deposits from accessible elements of the properly head.
    • Flush the surface surfaces with 1/2 cup of unscented family bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Disinfect the pump. Take away the cap or the properly plug on the rubber seal.
    • There are lots of kinds of properly caps and plugs. When you have questions, contact a licensed properly driller.
    • When you have a jet pump, you might also need to contact a licensed properly driller for recommendation on disinfection procedures.
  • Seek the advice of the bleach chart beneath and pour the advisable quantity of normal unscented bleach (4 to eight.25 p.c energy) answer into the properly.
    • Attempt to coat the perimeters of the casing as you pour.
  • If you happen to get bleach on the pump or wiring, flush it totally with contemporary water to stop later corrosion.

Properly Depth in Toes

Properly Diameter in Inches

 

2 inches

4 inches

5 inches

6 inches

20 toes

1 cup

1 cup

1 cup

1 cup

30 toes

1 cup

1 cup

1 cup

2 cups

40 toes

1 cup

1 cup

2 cups

2 cups

50 toes

1 cup

2 cups

2 cups

3 cups

80 toes

1 cup

2 cups

1 quart

1 quart

100 toes

1 cup

3 cups

1 quart

1.5 quarts

150 toes

2 cups

1 quart

2 quarts

2.5 quarts

200 toes

3 cups

1.5 quarts

2.5 quarts

3 quarts

Conversions: 8 oz = 1 cup; 16 oz = 1 pint or=2 cups; 24 oz = 3 cups; 32 oz = 1 quart; 48 oz = 1.5 quarts; 64 oz = 2 quarts; 80 oz = 2.5 quarts; 96 oz = 3 quarts.

  • Re-cap or plug the properly opening and wait half-hour.
  • Activate and, if wanted, re-prime the pump.
    • Open all of the taps on the system one after the other.
    • Begin with the taps exterior, nearest to the properly, to restrict the quantity of water getting into the septic system, particularly if the drain subject space is flooded.
    • Enable the water to run till there’s a noticeable odor of bleach.
    • You might also need to flush the bathrooms.
    • When you have exterior taps, it’s possible you’ll need to direct the water away from delicate vegetation.
    • If you happen to can not detect a bleach odor, repeat the disinfecting course of.
  • Flip off all taps and permit the bleach to stay within the system for a minimum of eight hours.
  • Backwash water softeners, sand filters and iron elimination filters with bleach water.
  • Once more, open all taps and run the water till there isn’t any bleach odor—for up to15 minutes.
    • Once more, begin with those exterior, near the properly first.
    • This may restrict the quantity of each bleach and water from getting into and probably affecting the septic tank and drain subject.

Is the water protected now?

Though chlorine bleach is efficient towards most microorganisms, it won’t take away chemical contamination that will have gotten into your properly. If chemical contamination happens, use commercially produced bottled water till a protected water supply is obtained. Contact DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7358 Ext 5 for sampling directions to have your water examined.

 

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