Health Department warns of contamination to private well water

The recent flooding has Walton County Health Department officials concerned about the potential for contamination of private wells.

They have a list of suggestions to decontaminate water and take precautions against disease causing organisms.

In a statement from the health department in Walton County, experts say private well owners affected by flooding should boil water before using it. Keep water at a rolling boil for at least a minute before using it to cook, wash food, clean dishes, brush teeth, or drink.

To disinfect water, add 8 drops of plain, unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Let the water stand for 30 minutes. If the water is still cloudy after the 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once.

Officials also recommend using bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing drinking water.

After flooding subsides, you should disinfect your well and have it tested by the health department or a certified lab.

For more information visit the Walton County Health Department's website.