DHS news release
Dec. 5, 2007
Contact: Bonnie Widerburg, 971-673-1282
Public health officials advise private well-owners to take safety precautions after recent storms
The Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division is reminding flood-affected Oregonians who depend on private well water to take precautions to avoid water-borne infections and ensure the safety of food.
Flooding can temporarily contaminate well water with coliform bacteria. Bacteria from flood waters could enter the well. Before using well water it is important to disinfect and flush the entire system and then sample for coliform. You can find detailed procedures on how to disinfect a well (PDF) at the DHS Drinking Water Program's Web site.
People who do not have access to the Web can call 971-673-0405 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for technical advice on how to disinfect their well.
In regard to public water systems, most are unaffected but some local suppliers have issued boil water notices. People are advised to follow any advisories from their local water supplier and to stay tuned to local media for updates.