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Florida DOH to private well owners in flood areas: Use caution, get wells tested immediately

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ORLANDO – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County reminds residents with private well water, if your well is affected by ?ood waters, there may be disease-causing organisms in your water making it unsafe to drink.

Learn about testing your well water by visiting:

Find Out if your Water is Safe
Have it tested by a certified laboratory for coliform bacteria by visiting:

While waiting to get your well tested, the Florida Department of Health recommends you do ONE of the following:

  1. Boil tap water and hold it at a rolling boil for at least one minute. Let it cool completely before using to avoid burns.
  2. Disinfect tap water by adding eight drops of plain, unscented household bleach (4-6% strength), per gallon of water. If a higher strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), only add seven drops of bleach. Mix the solution and let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure one more time. If still cloudy after the second treatment, dispose of water and start the process over again, OR use bottled water.

    Always store water in a clean, closed containers.
  3. Use commercially available bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.